When Joanne Lefson of Cape Town, South Africa, rescued a little piglet from an industrial hog farm, she didn’t expect swine with a flair for the artistic.
At her new home at Farm Sanctuary SA, the female pig began showing interest in the paintbrushes lying around her pen. They “were the only thing she didn’t eat,” Lefson quips.
So the rescuer decided to train the pig—named Pigcasso—to paint using a positive-reinforcement technique in which animals receive food rewards. (See swimming pigs and other water-loving animals.)