Sunday, August 25, 2013

The Pig - Uncouth Friend

Dr Abe V Rotor
Living with Nature School on Blog
Paaralang Bayan sa Himpapawid (People's School on Air) with Ms Melly C Tenorio
738 DZRB 8 to 9 evening class, Monday to Friday

Old folks tell us of many unusual things about pigs. It is uncouth to call a person a pig, and these are the reasons.

• Pigs, by their physical built, can’t look up in the sky. They always look downtrodden.

• Pigs are the only animals that will drink hard liquor voluntarily – and you know what happens next.

• Pigs are carriers of diseases and parasites transmitted to human, such as tapeworm and hookworm. Pork is high in cholesterol and uric acid that cause many ailments.

• They are voracious (sarabusab Ilk) and omnivorous, eating on almost anything, including spoiled food and wastes of other animals.

• They have a poor digestive system; the smell of their sty is almost unbearable.

• Their barrel shape bodies are a perfect model of obesity.

On the brighter side of these obnoxious habits and other undesirable characteristics that we may attribute to the pig, it is surprising to know - and we should be thankful - that the pig's heart, being compatible with ours, has been used in heart tissue transplants. Thousands of heart patients owe their lives to the lowly pig.

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