From inside jacket:
With 80 full-color illustrations. Widely regarded as unclean and stupid, pigs are actually among the most intelligent and adaptable of domesticated animals, and their ability to eat almost anything and grow fat on a wide variety of inexpensive edibles has made them an economic food source for man cultures. These fascinating animals have been domesticated for centuries, and continue to thrive in many parts of the world as well.
Despite their reputation as dirty creatures, pigs are actually quite clean, and wallow in mud only to protect themselves from the heat of the sun and from lice and other parasites. The fact that they are versatile and easy to train has encouraged their use as pets, and the increased interest in the Vietnamese potbellied pig as an alternative to a household cat or dog is clear evidence of this trend.
This lavishly illustrated investigation into the world of the humble pig presents pig facts, feats and photos fro around the world. From the wild African warthog and Southeast Asian wild boar to such domesticated breeds as the Landrace, Tamworth and Yorkshire, this informative and colorful volume chronicles the biology and nature of these fascinating, misunderstood animals.
About the Author:
Ben Sodner is a writer, editor, translator and screenwriter who lives in New York City. He is the author of many books on a variety of subjects ranging from science and nature to sociology and art.