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Ever See A Naked Pig?

Some pigs get through the hot days wallowing in mud and water.

But our Potbellied Pig Doo had another idea. He got naked.

Normally you’d see Doo with a thick coat of black hair. But as the weather turned hot this summer the hair began to fall off.¬†

Here he is in all his glory.

Naked Doo 7.11.13 (7) web

This is common among Potbellied Pigs who live outdoors. It’s called “blowing a coat.” Over the couple of weeks Doo will scratch and rub off the remaining hair and then it will start to grow back.

As you can see below, his sister Doo has not blown her coat. At least not yet.

Voo Naked Doo and Nancy_web

It’s not entirely clear why this happens. But it usually occurs during the summer and, in Doo’s case, it’s helping him stay cool in the summer heat.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Is it true that pigs don’t sweat? My 4 year old daughter told me this…Her theory is being proven by Doo I suppose!

    July 17, 2013
    • We were tempted to answer that pigs don’t sweat, they perspire. But the fact is that Potbellied pigs have only a small number of sweat glands and for all practical purposes don’t sweat.

      Rogue Farms

      July 17, 2013

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