Learning Capabilities of Pigs

Learning Capabilities of Pigs

Contributed by Jennifer Best

A new study on Kune Kune piglets reveals their excellent memory and learning capabilities. When allowed to live in natural family groups in free range conditions, the piglets attentively observed and replicated tasks demonstrated by their mother or aunts. For example, piglets would mimic the observed behavior and open a sliding door in the same direction as their elders to retrieve food. Not only are pigs highly intelligent animals, but this study also demonstrates the importance of social interaction and learning for all animals.