We are starting out today with quite a big question! Do pigs bite humans? Well we will answer this question in this article but we will first get some basic information of the pigs, especially as they relate with humans.
First things first, what kind of animal are pigs?
Pigs in general can be identified as swine or as hogs. More precisely, the male pigs are identified as boars whether they are newborns, or young pigs, or adults pigs, as long as they are pigs and are males, they are known as boars. In the same vein, pigs that are feminine or females are best known as sows, whether they are newborns, or young pigs, or adult pigs, they are called females.
More so, pigs inhabit in almost all part of the world that the word ‘almost’ is a limitation the number of places the in the world where the pig lives. Pigs like most animals are either wild or domesticated (tamed), and although people think pigs are dirty because they are always found in the mud in most of the places where they live, pigs are actually the neatest animals; they do not eat in a place where they have just excreted, and they are hot blooded so they always require water for the regulation of their temperature which is why they are always found rolling in the mud.
The economic value of the pig cannot over emphasized, as pigs are used for the provision of products that are very essential to humans. Some of these products include the following: pork (meat), lards, leathers, glues, fertilizers, and surprisingly a whole lot of medicines.
Having identified the kind of animals that pigs are, the next thing to look out for is what they feed on. However, pigs can bite humans and really do bite humans, but at the same time pigs could also not bite humans. The next sections will explain or show why pigs bite humans when they do.
Why Do Pigs Bite Humans?
The previous sections have clearly stated the description of pigs. This area will concern itself with the reasons pigs bite humans when they do, and what kind of pigs bite humans; whether they are baby pigs or adult pigs, or whether they are female pigs or male pigs.
When they are hungry:
Pigs are by nature omnivorous, so they feed on both grasses and flesh. This means that whether they are tamed or not tamed, pigs could bite humans for food.
When they are angry:
Another reason pigs could bite humans is if they are angry or triggered to anger, they then become aggressive and when they are aggressive, the aggression could be taken out on human which can happen by chasing after them within which they bite humans.
Wild Pigs are prone to biting human and using them for food:
While there are pigs that are domesticated and have become accustomed to human beings, there are still a lot of pigs in the forests that are wild and are also estranged from humans. Pigs like this live in the wild, in bushes, and in forests.
However, being omnivorous these pigs feed on flesh as well so they hunt down their prey and happily feast on them for food. So, while hunting for food, if the wild hogs find humans, these wild hogs will hunt these humans down until they kill the human and feed on it. The only way this can be aborted is if the person they hunt down is skillful enough to over power and even kill them, otherwise the pig will hunt that person down and invites the rest of the troop for dinner.
The pig does not invite the other troops for dinner out of generosity, rather it invites the other troops to dinner because it just may not be able to finish the feast of one human alone and it does not eat stale food.
On the contrary, and just like we have already established, the domestic pigs (tamed pigs that are either at home, or in a piggery) do not hunt humans down because they have by training become familiar with humans, however they could bite humans or kill humans if flesh or animals with blood are ever introduced in their raw state to the diet of the pigs.
Can Pigs Bite Babies or Feed on Babies?
Apparently we already know that various species of pigs feed on humans especially those that live in the wild and are not tamed. If these pigs in the wild can feed on adults, or can bite adults, these wild hogs are also capable of feeding on babies, on infants, and on toddlers.
If domesticated pigs can make the mistake of feeding on babies. Babies are not like the regular humans they see daily and because babies have bodies and skins that are very tender, a nudge on them from the animal could get them injured once the domesticated pig tastes blood, it will seek more because it is basically omnivorous by nature which means that it can feed on flesh as much as it feeds on grasses.
Now think about what happens when a pig is hungry, or when it angry and has become very aggressive, think deeply about what could possibly happen to any baby at all if the pig suddenly runs into a baby. Surely, the baby would be a meal for the pig, not just a meal, but a meal that it will never be generous with because the body of the baby is so tender and the skin of the baby is so soft that the pig will not have any difficulty tearing. More so, the baby is obviously very small that it will not be any difficult for the pig to eat it up.
More so, pigs are very fast eaters, once there is food before them they eat as fast they can as though the food will go sour or probably expire within the next second, and once they are full, they leave that spot, they do not eat stale food or left over food, whether they are in the wild or domesticated. The hogs do not go back to a food they ate and remained, they also do not eat where they have excreted (which is why they are considered the neatest animal).
The compensation of their much eating is really seen in the sizes of the pigs. They are usually big and with very thick skin as a result of the excess fats they have stored in their body. It is usually very difficult to kill a pig which is why it safe to not harm pigs.
There are also stray pigs, these are pigs that used to be reared by humans in the farm or pigs that are under the custody of the zoo. They might have lost their way home, or run away from home and so they are stray. These kind of pigs feed on humans too, but they do not go hunting for humans.
One time a stray pig was seen eating a baby. Onlookers said the baby was dropped in a sac by a woman in the early hours of the day, but they did not know that it was a baby, until the pig went digging and sniffing and found the baby. Unfortunately, before they could rescue the baby, the pig had eaten deep into the baby.
Now the point is this stray pig dwells in that community and feeds on flesh, but unlike the wild hogs, they do not run after humans for food.
The gluttony habit of the pig makes it a very expensive animal to rear or domesticate. For instance, the pig loves to eat, but does not eat any food it has feasted on before, in fact it changes its spot as it feeds, and it has memory that when it returns to that spot and meets that food it will not eat of that food again. What this means is that if you must rear a pig, you must provide it with food time after time, and also be quick to clean its pen so that the environment is always clean.
More so, do not leave the children around the pen where pigs stay, you never know when pigs get infested and thirst for flesh, so that your children do not become victims.
What else do pigs feed on?
We have mentioned before that pigs are omnivorous in nature. They feed on grasses and plants, and they also feed on the flesh of humans and animals; they feed on flesh generally.
So by inference, it is correct to say the pigs feed on other things aside adults and babies (asides human beings), and apart from flesh in general. Pigs like other omnivorous animals feed on leaves and grasses, whether they are very green or not, they also feed on plant stems, roots, fruits, and every other thing that is edible. Yes! Pigs are like that, so if you have not been very careful around kids, now is the time you have to address that because pigs bite humans and it is not a form of joke, when a pig bites human it means it is on a food hunt.