Today’s Wonder of the Day was inspired by RJ from westwood, KY. RJ Wonders, “Why do pigs like mud?” Thanks for WONDERing with us, RJ!
As a result, pigs can't sweat like we do. So what's a pig to do when it gets hot?
You guessed it: wallow in the mud! Rolling around in the mud helps to keep pigs from overheating when it gets too hot outside.
Some pig farmers now use water sprinklers instead of mud to keep pigs cool in warm months. Mud, however, tends to keep pigs cooler longer because the water in mud evaporates more slowly than pure water.
For example, if you spend much time around a pig farm, you'll find that pigs keep their “bathroom" as far away as possible from the areas where they eat and drink.
Since they spend a lot of time outside, rolling in the mud does have other benefits. You've probably noticed that most pigs are not very tan. In fact, their light pink skin can get sunburned very easily.
A good thick layer of mud also helps to protect pigs from insects. Flies, parasites, and biting insects are often drawn to the areas where pigs live since there is often food nearby. Mud helps to keep harmful insects away from pigs' sensitive skin.
Researchers even suggest that rolling around in the mud simply makes pigs feel good and wallowing is a sign of well being!