Would pork eat pork

Knowledge questions

Do pigs have a good sense of smell?

A pig has more olfactory cells in its trunk than the dog, which is known for its fine nose. The finest odor particles from the air close to the ground give the pig a "smell picture" of the environment. They track down roots, truffles and other delicacies down to a depth of 50 centimeters.

Their robust trunk serves as a hand, so to speak, with which they dig up food hidden deep underground. Thanks to their fine noses, pigs are even used as "sniffer dogs" in drug searches.

In Italy and southern France, pigs are used to search for truffles because of their fine nose. Mostly female pigs track down the valuable mushrooms, because truffles contain substances that are similar to the sexual attractants of male pigs.

Then you need to act quickly so that the sows don't eat the truffles themselves. In contrast to truffle dogs, pigs would eat the valuable mushrooms immediately. Pigs also have a good sense of taste.

But they are not as persistent as dogs. If they don't feel like it anymore, the truffle hunters can break off. Because then no truffle pig is ready to continue.

Why don't Muslims eat pork?

According to the Koran, Muslims are not allowed to eat pork. Only ruminant hoofed animals with "split claws", i.e. even ungulates, are suitable for consumption. The pig is a cloven-hoofed animal but not a ruminant and is therefore considered unclean.

Cattle, sheep and goats, like all ruminating cloven-hoofed animals, are pure herbivores, their meat is processed as food by Muslims.

According to the Koran, any meat from animals that have perished naturally, i.e. not slaughtered, should not be eaten, because meat that is suitable for consumption must be completely bled. Blood must not be eaten or drunk.

In the Koran it says: "You are forbidden to die, blood and pork." For devout Muslims, any meat that has come into contact with a knife that has previously cut a piece of pork is unclean.

Are aardvarks related to pigs?

The African aardvark may have a trunk like a pig, but it isn't. Aardvarks belong to the order of the "tubular teeth", of which they are the only remaining representatives.

They are regarded as the last survivors of the primeval ungulates, although they still have claws and no hooves, because hooves came into being later in evolution. The oldest fossil finds of these animals are 20 million years old. It is assumed, however, that they already existed at the time of the dinosaurs, more than 60 million years ago.

Today the group of ungulates consists of the odd-toed ungulates, with representatives such as horses, zebras and rhinos; and the ungulates, which include pigs and hippos. The term artifacts comes from the fact that their hooves are divided into two parts, as we know from pigs, cows and sheep.

Pigs are closely related to the hippos and the South American umbilical pigs or peccaries, because these three families are the only cloven-hoofed families that are not ruminants.

Camels, cows, cattle, sheep and giraffes belong to the same order (articulated ungulates) as pigs, but as ruminants are less closely related to them than hippos.