Popcorning -- How High Do They Go?

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Lynx
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Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2002 6:26 am


In my dream last night, I watched a pig popcorn five feet into the air. This convinced me (or my dream self) that I have actually never seen a pig popcorn.

So how high do they really go?

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Sunny

Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2002 9:27 am


When Spot and Fido were younger - 2 to 3 months - they would go as high as 10 inches off the ground. ALL FOUR FEET! It´s the funniest thing ever! When we got Spot I thought maybe we got a pig with epilepsy or some other problem... except that he seemed so happy. The vet confirmed it´s a happy thing.

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Sunny

Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2002 9:28 am


Lynx - I love that you dream about your pigs. (I do too).

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Stacy
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Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2002 11:19 am


They should have piggy olympics with popcorning as one of the events! I think my piggy could be a real contender! When he gets going, boy, can he jump! I don´t have any exact measurements, but it looks pretty high to me!

Laura823

Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2002 11:52 am


I don´t know specific mesurements, but I know Piglet sometimes came pretty close to hitting the ceiling of her old cage (which was about 12" high). I haven´t seen her do that in a long time...now her feet hardly ever leave the floor. Lazy pig.

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RavenShade
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Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2002 3:30 pm


I don´t think Steve could get that high if he tried. Jules, maybe. He´s younger and more athletic.

I was going to say no more than 6 inches. I don´t know what you ppl have been feeding your pigs - springs?

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Dobby
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Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2002 5:08 pm


My pig usually runs really fast first, then leaps forward about 5 inches from starting point, but when he lands from his leap, he barely touches the floor when POP! He goes about 7 or 8 inches into the air. My mother almost choked laughing at him lastnight. It was the first time she´d seen him do anything like that.

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Dobby
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Post   » Tue Feb 26, 2002 5:10 pm


And no, Ravenshade, I just feed mine pellets, Healthy Bits (c/o Wal Mart), and veggies and fruit...no springs. Maybe it´s intestinal gas that makes them spring so high. Anything that eats so many vegetables can´t help but get gas.

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CAT

Post   » Wed Mar 06, 2002 10:04 pm


How about synchronized popcorning for the pig olympics? Mine love to popcorn together, I think once one starts it is catching! Mine go about4-5 inches in the air, but I think the best part is when they twist their little bodies at the same time. Sox likes to dip his head down and to one side as low as possible, then spring into the air doing a sort of half roll - my husband and I laugh and clap at him and then he starts running in laps of the cage and squeaking at the top of his voice. We often do a ´sports commentary´ for them e.g. "...a perfectly executed double back flip with a half forward roll - difficulty 7...". I am convinced that the squeaking during and after popcorning sessions is the pig form of laughter!

CAT

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Lynx
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Post   » Wed Mar 06, 2002 10:33 pm


I do think you can encourage them by talking it up. They seem to get little twitches of excitement that are almost involuntary.

mon

Post   » Thu Mar 07, 2002 12:22 am


Mine don´t usually get very far off the ground, must be cause they´re fat!

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Sunny

Post   » Thu Mar 07, 2002 10:08 am


Lynx, I´ve also found that talking to them gets them more excited too. If I just watch them, they just watch me back, but if I get down on my hands and knees and tell them what funny, crazy, handsome guys they are, they get those little twitches of excitement - like they are about to come out of their skin with happiness.

Damn, they´re cute.

my2piggies

Post   » Fri Mar 08, 2002 4:40 am


We´ve also noticed ours get more excited and carried away when we laugh at them or talk to them when they popcorn. It´s like they are showing off.

Our 1st pig Jody was the best popcorner, he would jump up and twist round do a nearly full circle in mid air and land facing the same way he started. The girls are a bit more ladylike though.

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Lynx
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Post   » Fri Mar 08, 2002 7:50 am


You know what would be really cool? A good short video clip of a popcorning pig! Would be great to have a top level popcorner on tape.

Evangeline

Post   » Fri Mar 08, 2002 8:22 pm


I remember reading a page a while back (maybe 3 years ago) about someone who was holding Olympigs. I´m pretty sure it was in the UK. It was a get-together of pig owners and they had all sorts of categories. dammit, I can´t find it!

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Dobby
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Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 9:40 am


I can try for a short video clip of Buddy popcorning, Lynx. My webcam software has a video producer in it. I should try that tomorrow!

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Lynx
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Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 9:45 am


Cool. I don´t know what your set up is like or how much you tape things, but try to use a really bright room so you have good light. It needs to be pretty short (these clips take up lots of space and the less time one needs to load the file the better).

And go for the gold!

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Dobby
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Post   » Sat Mar 09, 2002 9:48 am


The room my computer is in is extremely well-lit (fluoresents for night, a big window for day), and my webcam automatically adjusts for lighting. It´s a wonderful little machine.
And I´ll be sure to edit for length without cutting out the best content. :)

If he co-operates, that is. He may just not want to popcorn because he knows I want him too. :P Silly, self-righteous pig.

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Sunny

Post   » Mon Mar 11, 2002 12:49 pm


I can´t wait to see it Dobby!

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Dobby
I gave what I could!

Post   » Mon Mar 11, 2002 10:05 pm


I seem to be having a bit of trouble with getting Bud to popcorn. He runs around like mad, and throws his Tug´n´Tumble (btw, what´s the deal with the curly tail on that thing??), but he absolutely refuses to popcorn. He does it when I shut off the program for my webcam, naturally, but when I want to capture the moment, no moment comes my way.

I knew it all along. He´s a self-righteous piglet. I´ll have to try to catch him off guard...perhaps I´ll hide the camera in a large lettuce leaf. :)

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