Whole Hog

Whole Hog : Exploring the Extraordinary Potential of Pigs

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George Orwell was right. Pigs are unquestionably the farmyard animals most likely to succeed. But why, exactly? Science has been slow to pin down the source of their superiority.Pigs are dramatically different from their closest and more placid relatives, sheep, deer and cattle. During forty million years of evolution, they seem to have made a series of canny decisions, adapting to changing circumstances much as humans have - by becoming more versatile, more gregarious and more curious. Sixteen species of wild pigs now occupy every continent except Australia and Antarctica, filling in the environmental gaps by deploying a panoply of domestic and feral forms - pigs for all seasons. The Whole Hog is their story. The biologist Lyall Watson has tracked pigs in the wild, observed their resourceful and playful lives, deciphered their grunts and oinks - and is convinced pigs deserve new respect.show more

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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 128 x 192 x 22mm | 240.41g
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1861977719
  • 9781861977717
  • 1,155,261

About Lyall Watson

Lyall Watson is a naturalist and author of more than twenty books, including Supernature, which sold over a million copies, and Jacobsen's Organ.show more

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'A brilliant contribution to the pig cause ... a book you can root about in and be sure of discovering unexpected ideas and delicious morsels of information. It kept me occupied for hours, snuffling and oinking contentedly.' Oliver Pritchett, Sunday Telegraph 'Walking with these pigs, watching them through Watson's eyes, will convince anyone that the pig is a true wonder.' The Scotsman 'His enthusiasm for pigs - the complexity of their social relationships, the keenness of their sense and, above all, their intelligence - is infectious.' London Review of Books 'Like Oliver Sacks, Lyall Watson is a scientist who blends cutting-edge research with a lyrical, almost spiritual awareness that there is more to the world than meets the eye.' Daily Mailshow more

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