- For Rocky
I was also under the impression that if it was to be entered in a show it had to be tagged. That would also beg the question why a show pig was running around a park wild, but that was my first thought was "show pig" for some reason.
No Graham was not an albino pig (see the discussion on the first page), nor was he a PEW. He was a lovely self cream (or maybe buff) American with dark eyes. I first thought maybe show pig or breeder too when I saw the tag, but then why was he in the park? And as we got to know Graham we realized he loved people and he had no idea what to do with other pigs. It was like he had never seen or lived with another pig before. But lots of people crowded around a table 12 inches from his cage, no problem. Time to snack on pellets like they were popcorn and watch all the fun!
-Quoted from http://wikipedia.org/wiki/albinismIn ocular albinism, only the eyes lack pigment. People with oculocutaneous albinism can have anywhere from no pigment at all to almost-normal levels. People who have ocular albinism have generally normal skin and hair color, and many even have a normal eye appearance
So maybe pigs with pink eyes can be albino wether they have dark or light fur?
Use your math skills to make up the rest of my argument. Nuff said. =)
- Supporting my GL Habit
From what I read, guinea pigs lack the allele that causes albinism (unlike mice or rats). Which is why they say there are no albino cavies.
Back to the logic - does the lack of pigment always mean albino? Or is albino a special kind of lack of pigment? In other words: All albinos lack pigment, but is lack of pigment albinism?
This is a very interesting topic. I need to do some more research on this because I am very curious about the whole genetics now. This is all so very intriguing. I had no idea.
I just got two more PEWs, twins, in yesterday although their eyes are quite a bit different from Bennett's even. The are like bluish iris with red pupil. Bennett's are Pink iris/Red pupil.
Due to a cat emergency, Benny did not make it to the vet on Friday for ear tag removal. That will be a work in process. I know I am more bothered by it than he is.
- For Rocky
Good luck with your PEWs. I'm glad Benny isn't bothered by his earring. Maybe it's giving him some street cred with the other pigs!
The problem with ear tagging though is that they rip out (OUCH) and they are hard to read accurately which makes data collection difficult although that is what they used to use in the old days but they have since moved to microchipping. At least at the company I work for.
Before anyone says anything, all animals are taken care of extrmely well and I work there becuase my mom has cancer and we would have no drugs if we did not have companies like this. I stay away from pig studies because frankly I cannot handle those ones since I work in a rescue and I would want to cuddle them all and cuddling is against the rules.
However, oddly enough since I was talking about Benny, two new PEWs have come into rescue! This is so weird because I have never had any and now I have three! These are basically twin brothers, although really, how could they not be twins when they are PEWs?
There eyes are not exactly like Benny's though in the sense that Benny has very pink eyes and these boys' eyes are very red.