Before we brought Oscar home, I didn’t know what mini pigs sounded like. Mini pigs are expressive and make many types of noises. Oscar communicates to us with several sounds, including squeals, oinks, and grunts which have different meanings.
Depending on the meaning and the volume, some of these sounds are adorable and others are really frustrating. I could try to describe the sounds, but I figured it was better to record Oscar and let you hear mini pig noises directly from him. Note: Mini pig sounds (and these audio files) can be loud, so you might have some explaining to do to your co-workers if you play these clips at work.
1) The first sound is Oscar “talking” to us. Mini pigs “talk” in oinks nearly all day, and it’s slightly disruptive but mostly pleasant. Once you get used to these little oinks, it feels like a conversation with your mini pig and can become cute and enjoyable. Here is a video of Oscar “talking” to us (and an audio file if you prefer).
2) The next sound is Oscar’s anticipatory noise, and it’s my favorite. He makes this sound when he’s anticipating something, whether it’s smelling something interesting or meeting a new person. He often makes this sound when he’s excited about getting a fun treat. For the sound recording, we gave him a baby carrot, a food he doesn’t get every day. He’s always eager and excited when he makes this sound, which is probably why I like it so much.
3) The third sound is Oscar’s frustrated noise. It reminds me of the sound a human makes when frustrated, which makes it endearing. He makes this sound at different volumes depending on what he’s frustrated about. He makes it at a low level if he can’t figure something out or if he “lost” his family in the house, but it’s much louder if he isn’t getting what he wants, usually food.
4) The fourth sound is Oscar’s hangry noise. Oscar makes this noise when he perceives that it is past his dinner time and is hungry and angry. This is a really frustrating sound for me, as it is loud and disruptive. This sound generally results in a battle of wills, as Oscar makes it when he wants to be fed, and I won’t feed him when he’s making his hangry noise. Aside from outright squealing, Oscar’s hangry noise is the equivalent of a mini pig temper tantrum.
5) The last sound is Oscar’s squealing noise. I knew that mini piglets squealed, but I hadn’t actually heard the sound until I held Oscar for the very first time. It was so much louder than I expected! What’s interesting is that he barely opens his mouth when he squeals, yet this awful, piercing sound comes out loud and clear. Oscar did most of his squealing when we were learning to pick up and hold him, so it has largely subsided. Mini pig squeals are unpleasant and painful for your ears, but at least they generally stop once the piglet has adjusted to his family and home.