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Pigs have success learning video games

2021-04-05
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Scientists at Purdue University in Indiana, United States, taught a duo of two-year-old Panepinto micro pigs and two three-month-old Yorkshire pigs to manipulate a joystick in order to control a cursor on a computer monitor. The test participants, who were rewarded with treats when they accomplished the visuospatial task before them, demonstrated their intelligence in a manner that researchers called “remarkable, and indicative of their behavioral and cognitive flexibility.” 
Interestingly, a skill gap was noted in the individual pigs: the Panepinto pigs, named Ebony and Ivory, both performed at an 84% success rate when presented with the easiest task, but at the most difficult level Ivory was able to complete with 32% more accuracy than her pal Ebony. 
We are impressed yet again by the abilities of our bright and marvelous porcine friends! May due respect and love soon be given to all animal individuals with whom we share this planet. 
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