20 Amazing Facts That Will Change the Way You Look at Farmed Animals

by Sarah Von Alt|
September 3, 2014

#1. Pigs are considered the fifth most intelligent animal in the world — even more intelligent than dogs — and are capable of playing video games with even more focus and success than chimps!
#2. Cows have great memories, and can learn and respond to their names.

#3. Chickens are able to recognize over 100 individual faces, not only of their fellow chickens, but also of humans.

#4. Mother pigs sing to their young while nursing, and newborn piglets recognize their own names and run to their mothers’ voices.

#5. Sheep wag their tails to show affection.

#6. Chickens use over 200 distinct noises for communication.

#7. Like humans, cows form close friendships. They choose to spend much of their time with two to four preferred companions.

#8. Hens begin communicating with their chicks before they even hatch. When the babies are still inside their shells, the mother hen clucks softly to them and they chirp back.

#9. Chickens pass down knowledge from generation to generation.

#10. Fish eavesdrop on one another to gather information.

#11. Pigs enjoy snuggling close to one another and prefer to sleep nose-to-nose.
#12. Cows get excited when they solve problems. Upon successfully finding food hidden behind a closed door, their heartbeats go up. Cows also have a similarly happy response to being released after a long period of confinement.

#13. Chickens can empathize with peers in danger, and use their previous experiences to inform decision making.

#14. Cows like to sleep close to their families, and their sleeping arrangements reflect their respective rankings in the social hierarchy.

#15. The cognitive abilities of fish are impressive — they learn faster than dogs!

#16. Crustaceans, such as lobsters and crabs, are able to remember painful stimuli and avoid certain situations based upon negative past experiences. They also form social hierarchies with individuals close to them.

#17. Pigs have excellent object-location memory. If they find grub in a specific spot, they’ll remember to look there next time!

#18. Goats communicate with each other by bleating. A mother goat and her baby, or “kid,” will recognize each other’s calls from the moment the baby is born.

#19. Pigs have a sophisticated sense of direction. They can find their way home from huge distances away.

#20. Turkeys enjoy hearing music, and sometimes they’ll chirp along. Next time you’re looking to start a sing-along, consider inviting some feathered friends!

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