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Wild Swine (Pigs and Hogs)
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Wild Swine (Pigs and Hogs)

All swine — pigs, hogs, and boars — have similar facial features, but the tail is the telling feature: Curly means domesticated, and straight means wild.

From the petite pygmy hog to the huge Eurasian wild pig, these animals exhibit strength, resourcefulness, and intelligence. Investigate many fun facts of swine species.

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