hog skeleton drawing

Exactly the right kind of reading for a quiet evening. Hogs Wild by Ian Frazier (via Essayist). Packed with interesting factoids, like this one:

The hogs’ noses actually have a special bone in them called the nasal sesamoid bone, which is connected to the skull only by cartilage and which provides extra rooting support for the rhinarial disk — the pig’s nose, the business end, with its two hyper-sentient, staring nostril holes. Wild pigs’ noses soon become callused from rooting, and are generally muddy. Sometimes a pig will stop in the middle of rooting and raise its head and blow dirt out its nose. Pigs have a powerful and highly nuanced sense of smell. They can detect scent coming from as far away as seven miles cross-country, and from twenty-five feet underground.

It’s good stuff and reminds me of my encounter with a pig on my grand uncle’s farm, where he said not to climb the fence of the pig pen to look at it, because SCHNAPP! it would bite my finger off. Just like that and he made a schnapping motion with his hand. Scarred me for life and I still feel very uncomfortable around pigs.

Human and the other kind.


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