Hey, what’s up, guys?
I’m Alex Farnham.
And this is ‘Animal＇s News.’
Take a look at this sheep.
I mean, take a look at this pig.
Is it sheep?
Or is it pig?
OK, what is this exactly, you may be thinking?
It’s a mangalitsa.
And those of you who follow us on our Instagram
and our Facebook may have seen us post a picture of one
Believe it or not, it’s said to be the most delicious of pigs.
Some even say it’s the Kobe beef pork.
To understand how this pig is different from most pigs,
let’s just travel back to the 19th century,
where it all began.
Hungarian nobles were trying to breed a tasty pig
with more lard.
So they cross-bred a wild boar with a pig.
Thus these fatty pigs were born.
Turns out that mangalitsa pork was so amazing
that it was only reserved for royalty.
You see, back then lard had so many uses,
not only for cooking, but for candles, soaps, even cosmetics.
But then we learned that saturated fat was unhealthy.
So lard was substituted for a vegetable oil and other oils
Since these pigs grew slower, they needed large spaces,
and they produced less piglets than the more common pig,
the breed began to die off.
By the 1990s, there was only an estimated 200 remaining.
The real question here is how did this species of pig
go from almost being extinct to making a comeback?
According to the ‘New York Times’,
Peter Toth, a Hungarian animal geneticist, noticed the decline
and started a program to raise them again.
For over 20 years, their numbers grew,
becoming particularly sought after by the fine dining
Today there are around 50,000 being raised.
Nowadays, they’re even treated as pets.
They mainly feed on a mix of barley, wheats, grains,
And when treated well, they’re as loyal as a dog.
So basically humans created this breed of pig.
And as a result, it seems the animal
is totally dependent on being useful to humans in order
What do you guys think?
Is it right to save animals from extinction
if we’re only raising it as a resource?
Let me we know in the comments below.
And to find out how pigs can help your dog’s behavior,
check out this episode here.
New research shows that if you spray a pheromone produced
from male pigs on or around a dog’s face,
the dog will stop barking or jumping, or doing
whatever they’re doing.
Don’t forget to share this with your friends.
And I’ll see you hairy mammals next time.