The Joy of Pigs

NATURE’s The Joy of Pigs explores the extraordinary variety and success of these often misunderstood mammals.

Pigs may be in vogue today among filmmakers and Beverly Hills society matrons, who stroll around with potbellied porkers while shopping on Rodeo Drive. But this ubiquitous animal has been around since before the Ice Age — and in some parts of the world, pigs have been treated like stars for centuries.

The surprising allure of this creature in all its astonishing varieties is the subject of The Joy of Pigs The program guides viewers around the globe for a look at exotic wild pigs and an exploration of the different roles that domesticated pigs play in human societies.

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Online content for The Joy of Pigs was originally posted November 1996.

  • amelia

    your awesome i love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Renee

    I think it is so funny! I like it because I like them to.

  • Jayde

    People call me a pig

  • gabbie

    i love pigs they are so cute

  • mad skills

    I know I have been called a pig before too! thats why I think that a pig would be the best pig ever! I could have some one to eat everything with…
    Well not everything.

  • claudia

    your crasy lil bigfoot for saying the joy of pigs

  • jmk7666

    jmk thinks that pigs are fat

  • ophelia

    i like pigs

  • ophelia

    poeple who actually have time to make this website have no life. also who uses that kind of vocabulary? i mean i understand your supposed to use goo vocabulary, but not the kind of words nobody has ever heard of!

  • Yareli_12

    i freakin love pigs they are awsome !!!!!!!!!

  • Yareli_12

    ………and they are not fat ……..just over wait …….

  • Amy

    Ophelia, the only reason you’ve never heard of those words is because you’re an idiot! Read a book sometime! Don’t be blissful in your ignorance your whole life! Oh, yeah, and pigs rule!!!

  • oinkgirl97

    pigs are my faverite animal i have 5,643

  • leahbear09

    awww i think that is so cute the piggy wit the

  • Casey

    Okay so my question is, what’s the point of this? Seriously. What? Why would someone want to learn about pigs? Much less take the time to use these big words. My friend and I seriously laughed so hard reading this crap.

  • Casey

    And fyi. You guys aren’t very good at spelling and grammar. No offense.

  • Sarah

    Wow.. Whoever made this website really has no life. The picture at the top is cute though.. I’ll give you that. :) But seriously. Why? Is there a point?

  • i dont know why im here

    no one reads these kinds of things. if yall think that this website is stupid, why are yall even here, i dont know why im even here. peace out. :p

    p.s. pigs are fat lards, i wonder why people call yall that (wink, wink, hint, hint)

  • Alex

    I love pigs! I’m buying myself a miniature one very soon.

  • allison

    olphilia needs to calm down and understand the excitment a cute little pig can bring unto your life.

  • miranda

    I love pigs!! I want 1 so bad! They can bring alot of joyfulness!
    ps. I think #5, #11, #12, #14, #15, #20, and #21 actully know what they are talking about. the rest of yall have lost your minds.

  • blacon

    pigs rok

  • kenny drellenni montenny

    pigs r smelly and fat but kool yeeah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! marvalus

  • Melissa

    I work with thousands of the curious lil turds. I have very mixed feelings about them but I see and deal with all aspects of mass production.

  • Allison L. P.

    pigs are rather strange, i admit but they are still kinda cute in their owns little way.

  • Allison L. P.

    pigs are rather strange, i admit but they are still kinda cute in their own little ways.

  • alyssa

    i love pig everthing i do has to be about a pig

  • brenda lee olivares

    I luv pigs,my family has a puppy that we call piglet because she looks like a piglet!:]

  • austin

    i HATE pigs!!! well, i actually eat them everyday for breakfast and lunch…so i guess i do like pigs. but they have to be DEAD for me to eat them!!!! :)

  • john

    i am a big fan of pigs!

  • charlene

    i have a pig he sleeps in my house, hes potty trained, and hes kind of evil. the other day he ran into the house bit me on the leg and ran out. i screamed he screamed. but they are very smart animals definately smarter than dogs and by the way i have 4 large dogs and the are like my children.

  • scott

    I just purchased 2 pigs, 4 days ago they where born feb 4th 09 , never thought that I Would have a pig but 2 of them , Money well spent they are pretty cool pigs, alought its only been about 4 days ago , they are starting to smell our hands to get to know us . How long will it take to pet them and for them to not be so afraid, ant other advice to help us please share thank you!

  • lashanda

    i love pigs !

  • luke

    hi, pigs are so cool

  • ally

    hiii piggys are cool

  • julia

    hey you guys you should not be saying bad things about pigs alot of people are getting sick from them and alot of people are killing them maybe we should help!

  • Tate

    Pigs are sooooooo awesome I think they are awesome I worship then

  • bobby

    i think pigs are good to eat!!!!!!!!!

  • Josh

    Dear Nature,

    I was wondering If you guys have ever considered putting an age restriction on the comment section. That way the little kids who are confused by the big words will not bother us with their annoying comments.


    lol if you weren’t interested in pigs then why are you here even,and some of us research pigs get a grip on yourself there is something good in every animal even humans lol

  • pema wangdiAH CNR

    love to eat pork and belief to commit sin is the situation in BHUTAN i believe it is same love to eat or commit to sin

  • ROSe

    wow that person does not know how to spell over weight! Pigs are stupid. I cant beleive they spent there time on this stupid website!No way im not going to help

  • Dan

    I dont see why someone would have a pig as a pet. Isnt it kind of strange…. “How many dogs do you have?”, “Oh, I dont have any dogs, but I have two pigs.” Pigs are alright, not the best though.

  • tahia

    omg it is soooo cute!!!! One thing im worried about is the pigglet carrying H1N1 :[

  • Sacally

    I have razorback piglet.. That someone found in the woods and sold to me as a half potbelly lol yeah right… But I love my pet pig Charlotte she’s extremely intelligent and she’s only 3 months old. She loves my dog, cat and the chickens. She’s a wonderful companion and loves to be scratched behind the ear. pigs are wonderful!

  • Dawn

    Pigs are soo cute i alwas wanted won

  • reneep

    pigs are so cute and they are fun to play with

  • pork rinds

    It’s a misconception that pigs are smarter than dogs. Perpetrated by anticruelty and ignorant people who want them to be something more than a food source! People need to stop regurgitating the crap the read from other boards, yahoo answers, etc! Researchers have found that dogs are better at certain task and pigs are better at others. So pig lovers need to stop trying to persuade us that pigs are so intelligent. However I do love pigs! Especially when they are on my plate!

  • college student

    Porkrinds, I don’t think how smart an animal is should have anything to do with how we treat. We should treat it based on its capacity to feel pain. Pigs can clearly feel pain. There’s nothing wrong with eating pigs as meat because we need meat to stay alive, but we should kill them in a humane manner, we should minimize their pain as much as we can.

  • HSMLoVeRs

    UUggghhhh…. i think they’re sooo….. Yuuuukkkksssss….. disgusting..!!!! OOOOOOEEEKKKKK……!!!

  • Anne Pauley

    Yes, it is. They’re so disgusting.

  • Elizabeth Wayne

    Yes. You were right.

  • Julia

    I <3 pigs.

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  • Me

    You think pigs are disgusting, how about buck goats who urinate their own faces all the time?

  • redpanda

    guys be nice. pigs are rad. if u want to write a mean comment then ur stupid and have no respect

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    trying to find you, can i have your facebook or myspace?

  • SavePiggy

    Pigs are the cutest and sweetest creatures on earth. I’d advise anyone who doesn’t like them go out and rent “Babe”, I guarantee you’ll have a change of heart.

    Viva the pig!

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  • jadi

    i love pigs

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  • Rose

    I’m writing a novel about our pet pig named Willy. I looked up this site to find anything else I didn’t’ know about pigs to add in some way to my book. Is that stupid? I don’t think so. And pigs, I find are extremely intelligent, sensitive, funny animals. They don’t like their pens dirty and they don’t smell. At least Willy doesn’t. So don’t be a hater of pigs until you really get to know one!

  • Brooke

    Ok most of you shouldnt say anything if you have never owned or been around a pig. Some pigs are smart and some are not. You can say pigs are fat but thats just the way they are, just like hippos and panda bears. Some pigs are cute and some are not. If you dont like the article or you cant understand it then get off. Just saying.

  • Camille Dareau

    I rescued two pigs from an intensive farm, they are more like people than we would like to admit in terms of their emotional and intellectual complexity. When I look in their eyes I know they think and understand. This is my Wise Pig’s facebook page:

  • dylan

    i love pigs

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