written by: Caroline
It's always amazing to me how society underestimates the brains of animals. When people get a pig, I always explain they are like having 3-year-olds in your life. Their intelligence is amazing and horrible all at the same time! Pigs are so smart that they learn tricks and training so fast, but they also learn bad habits just as quickly. Pigs are able to manipulate their humans just like toddlers do on a daily basis. Pigs are also amazing problem solvers. Their intelligence is not limited to basic ideas or tricks that their humans introduce them to, and I photographed great evidence of their power of problem solving.
The photo below is the first picture. Talk notice of the blue food bucket and the cinder block's location and position.
Upon my return to the barn later in the day, here is the second photo of what I found...
My smart sasssy piggy figured out how to get her short self to the food! She saw the prize and she started thinking.... how to solve her problem.
Pigs are amazing in how they see the world and they think like humans. I can just see her sitting there and analyzing the whole situation.
Now, I have to put the food somewhere else, because getting to the food bucket is almost a cool enrichment game for her. So now that I store the food bucket elsewhere, she is off and thinking about how to solve her next problem.
I know that my smarty brainiac pig will find a new problem to solve and make me shake my head at her next cool solution!