The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on March 9, 1971 · Page 15
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The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana · Page 15

Tipton, Indiana
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Tuesday, March 9, 1971
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MR. HOG,YOU'RE THE GREATEST! by Irwin Ross Pigs haye cost me. more time than fishing or •golf, or .anyof the usual activities in which most men find amusement and exasperation. . Had I ever doubted a pig's capacity to think things out, I lost it when I. discovered one pig's trick of escaping through a thoroughly pig-tight fence. He "was one of 200. half-grown pigs enclosed in a ten-acre lot. Every day he got out- •sicle the fence and no one was able to discover how, until .late one day I saw him actually climb the fence. . • The fence was a typical hog fence with graduated openings from those, too small for even the smallest pig 1 at the very bottom to openings at the "top-that were reasonably large. This special.pig had discovered that the higher the openings were from the ground the larger they were and he managed to climb to an opening big enough to slip through. "..'.'•' With the greatest dexterity he worked his way upward and then slipped down on .the opposite side. I watched the'whole operation, even to his scuttling into a cornfield where he. was able to reach up and drag down the ears of corn. And there was the .mentally-handicapped pig who never did learn to use the self-feeder and who, as a consequence, developed a psychopathic disposition, A self-feeder is constructed with a kind of trap door which the average pig learns to raise by putting his snout-beneath it and forcing it upward. Once he has his'snout inside the feeder, the trap door rests oh his forehead until he has eaten his fill: • ".':•.. . ' • ': : This backward pig never learned to. raise the trap door'with Ms snout. He always took the lid between his teeth and raised it, and always as he let loose of it the trap door-fell 'shut again before he could get his .snout under it. • .In order to get his fill, he turned, into a bully. He would allow'some innocent fellow pig to open the trap door with his snout. Then, with a shouldering movement, the backward pig would shove the innocent aside and thrust his snout into the opening to feed his fill. . . I.believe there are few experts nowadays who doubt that animals have means of communication. Waste your time as I do, leaning on the fence, and you will see among the pigs everything from a director's meeting to a ladies' discussion of the attractions of the visiting boar. . . . .1 once assisted at a gathering of sows who came •to give advice at the birth of a new litter. The 'sow who was brought to bed was either taken unexpectedly .in labor or was a plain fool. Like a woman giving birth in a taxi, she failed to start in.time and had her litter in the middle of the hog lot on a .blazing hot day. , : The family came rapidly, all ten. of them going around at once to feed at the cafeteria. The spec- tacJe attracted several other sows who stood about very clearly making comments of a disapproving •nature. •••..'•' .'•••• . 'When the last of the pigs had entered this world, the sow stood up and either became aware of her foolishness or heeded the reproaches of the surrounding sows. She tried to induce the pigs to follow her toward the shade with no success. ' She made an astonishing .variety of sounds, in which her friends joined .. . sounds that were now cajoling, now scolding. But the tiriy shaky pink pigs merely wobbled about, aimlessly. Then,-abandoning all hope of getting them into the barn, she relaxed and held what was clearly a discussion' of her labor pains and prenatal condition with her friends. . • let's put a party together! Just mix our Morsels with -other^munchy-things.-And they're ready to serve! (A) Choco-Scotch Dandies . 1 cup Nestles* Butterscotch Morsels 1 cup'Nestles* Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels ,'(.•"•"• 1'cup broken cq'rn chips ; (B) Munchers 1 cup Nestles Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels ;.•• '• ;. • 1 cup sugar-coated, Yeady-to-eat cereal „ 1 cup raisins •- .' (C) Sticks'N Straws 1 cup Nestle" s Butterscotch Morsels.. 1 cup potato sticks 1 cup coarsely-broken pretzel sticks j (D) Chocb-Nut Chewies !»1 cup Nestles Semi-Sweet Choco- ,:.:late.Morsels .. .' , "' 1 cup coarsely-broken p'eanut brittle l.cupraisins •'--.". - (E) Butterscotch Mix 'Ems ,.. 1 cup Nestle" s Butterscotch Morsels ' 1 cup salted peanuts 1 cup raisins y MAKES THE VERY BEST CHOCOLATE

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