Ora et labora
~St. Benedict

Monday, April 7, 2014

Some pig!

The boys and I went on a Valentine's date to the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary.  We saw all sorts of beautiful animals, like big cats and monkeys to name a few.  We didn't expect to find a common farm pig among the exotics, but there he was, "Babe."

One of the zoo keepers told us that a girl had raised him for show and when it came time to sell the giant pig for slaughter, she could not do it.  The zoo took this guy in and the girl still visits and brings toys and treats for him.

We learned some interesting facts about pigs that day!  Did you know that pigs are really smart, like as smart as a young child?  Babe had actually been tested and he learned how to use a joystick within a day; treats were his motivation.  The same test had been performed on a dog and it took the canine close to one full year to get it down.

Babe also has to wear sunscreen so he won't burn his delicate pink skin.  And one last interesting fact is that the inside of pigs are very close to our own make-up, strange huh?

Meet sleepy Mr. Babe!

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