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This little heart was taken from a piglet that died of natural causes. Often the mother Pig (Sow) will kill their young.
Infanticide is well-documented in many animals, but for some reason, pigs are especially prone to it. Roughly half of the piglets that die by being attacked by their mothers, often just after birth. This affects nearly all farms, but especially small farms still starting up, severely reducing their early growth.
Scientists have tried to find ways to cut down on the practice. Pigs are better left alone when they give birth, so putting them together in big herds doesn't work. Neither does playing the squeals of new piglets to sows, so they can get used to the noise. Only keeping the lights on at night reduces savaging, which makes researchers think that maybe mother pigs are more scared of than enraged by their offspring.
What's truly weird about savaging is that it doesn't just happen with domestic pigs. Previously thought to be a characteristic brought on by selective breeding, savaging has been shown to occur in wild boar species as well. Videos of boars giving birth show that about one in 12 will kill their piglets, and fully one third will show some degree of aggression towards their offspring.
We have professionally wet preserved this little beauties heart and transferred it to a non toxic formula for safe display in your home.
Dimensions are 7.5 x 3cm
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