Belt Saves Piglets from Being Crushed by Mom

If you’ve ever watched the 1995 Australian hit Babe and have a soft spot for piglets, you just might have this reaction to this AI: (1) “This saves Babe!” (2) “Ugh, it’s so he can end up on someone’s dinner plate.” While sad for some of us, this AI is very helpful for pig farmers, who lose about 5 percent of their piglets to accidental filicide. (The mother pigs unknowingly crush her babies.) This controversial AI identifies the piglet’s distress squeal and then sends a small vibration to the mother, prompting her to move and giving her the chance to lift her weight off the piglet.

Photo found here: https://pixabay.com/en/agriculture-animal-baby-cute-84702/