Pig-human Hybrids




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I have here made only a nosegay of culled flowers, and have brought nothing of my own but the thread that ties them together.
—Michel de Montaigne
Of Physiognomy
pig-man This illustration from a medieval report about the birth of a pig-human hybrid (such births were recorded even in ancient times) is included here to give a general idea of the appearance of the creatures described in the modern-era reports quoted on this page, which, in general, have heads that are more or less like those of a human being and, often, human-like hands and, rarely, feet, as well as sometimes human arms and shoulders. The remainder of the body is generally that of a pig.

Note: Many of the reports on this page appeared in U.S. newspapers and date to before 1923 because the searchable Library of Congress database of digitized American newspapers, from which they were for the most part taken, contains only issues published prior to that year.

There are many newspaper reports about putative pig-human hybrids, a broad selection of which appear below. Such reports are of especial interest because the descriptions given in these many separate accounts, by individuals who would be very unlikely to know each other, concur in describing these “piglets” as having human hands and/or human faces, that is, they consistently describe the front-end of these hybrids as being human-like and the rear ends as being pig-like. How would people living at different times in so many different places — South Carolina, New York, Minnesota, Georgia and various other states around the country, as well as various foreign countries — come up with similar descriptions if they had not each seen similar creatures? Here are the reports I have located thus far:

The following is a verbatim transcript of a news story (source) about a pig with an old man’s face, which appeared on the page 2 (col. 6) of the Salt Lake Herald, published in Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 31, 1896:

A Strange Pig

With the Face of a Pleasant-looking Old Gentleman

    A pig with a human face is in the possession of D. A. Sammis of No. 64 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn. It is one of the most remarkable monsters ever produced by an aberration of nature.
    The pig is dead and is preserved in a spirit jar, which enables its strangely human features to be inspected.
    The pig’s head differs from a human being’s only in having the long, pointed ears belonging to normal members of its family. This gives it somewhat the appearance of a goblin or other creature of the imagination, with a partly human shape.
    The head, apart from the ears, is like that of an old man. It is free from all hair except eyebrows. These are well grown and are a remarkable abnormality in a pig. The forehead is high and the skull is rounded at the top of human shape. It suggests considerable intelligence and a well-balanced character.
    The whole face is oval in shape and is similar to that of an old man of dignified appearance. There is rather too little nose for a very good looking man, but still, this member is distinctly human in shape. It is small and snub, and is utterly different from the sharp snout of a the pig
    The chin is heavy and well rounded. It is perhaps the most human of all the features. The eyes are much larger than those of an ordinary pig. The skin is as white and smooth as that of a delicate woman. Although it must be called a monster, on account of its strange physical abnormality, the little pig is not repulsive. On the contrary, it is quite amusing in appearance. If it were alive and well, it would be a decidedly interesting animal to have about the house.
    How it came to die is a curious story. It was born on May 12 last on a rancho near Arecibo, on the island of Porto Rico, in the West Indies. The mother produced only this one animal at the time, itself a very unusual circumstance.
    In spite of its grotesque appearance the little pig seemed to enjoy good physical health. But his mother had no affection for him. She was disgusted and alarmed at his unnatural features. She gave him little nourishment, and in consequence he died on May 18. The fact that he remained alive for six days in a half starved condition shows that he must have entered life with fair health.
    The mother is a perfectly black sow and perhaps this fact increased her feeling of repulsion for a young one with human features and a very white skin. — New York Journal

The following is a brief account of a pig born with a human face, which appeared on the page 3 (col. 2) of the Daily Phoenix, published in Columbia, South Carolina, on July 15, 1869 (source):

    One of the most singular freaks of nature we ever saw has been on exhibition at the post office, at this place, during the past week. It is a pig with a human face! Its shape and structure are natural up to the ears, but from the ears to the top of head and down to the chin the shape and features are those of the human, excepting that it is covered with hair like the rest of the body and has no nostrils, being obliged to breathe through the mouth. The pig is about two weeks old.

The following is an account that appeared on the front page (bottom of col. 4) of The Goldsboro Headlight (Goldsboro , North Carolina) on December 24, 1896 (source):

A Pig with Human Hands and Ears

    Laura Galloway, a colored woman who resides on Fourth and Dawson streets, in Wilmington, is the owner of a sow with a litter of six pigs. There is nothing singular in that fact, but the extraordinary part of it is that one of the pigs has the perfect ears of a child, has a human hand on the right side, and sits erect like a child. It moves backward all the time instead of forward. It also has a full set of teeth and long tusks like a grown hog. The pig’s face is also partly human and it has to be fed from a bottle.

The following is an account of a pig born with human hands, which appeared on the front page of the Democratic Northwest and Henry County News, published in Napoleon, Ohio, on July 4, 1895 (source):

A Monstrosity

A Pig with Human Hands

    Mr. Albert C. Knipp, who resides five miles south of Napoleon on the farm of the late Peter Knipp, reported the birth of a monstrosity on Saturday, in the shape of a pig, which instead of having natural legs and feet had three appendages which resembled the human arm upon which are three shapes like the human hand. The other leg and foot is natural.
    This monstrosity is one of a litter of pigs numbering fifteen, twelve of which are living, and in all respects it is healthy with good prospects of maturing. Mr. Knipp intends to care for it and take all the necessary pains to have it live, and if he is successful will exhibit the curiosity at the Napoleon Fair this fall.

An additional account of a pig born with human hands, which appeared on page 2 column 4, of The Cambria Freeman, published in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania, on March 26, 1880 (source):

    The Lansdale Reporter says that a short time ago a sow belonging to Mr. Wimerlick, of Franconian Township, near Sonderton, gave birth to a litter of pigs, and one of the number, instead of having its front legs like a pig, had human arms, elbows, hands, four fingers and a thumb, and even the nails on the fingers were perfect like those of a human being. It did not live.

. volume, , Image 2 The next report describes a creature with human head, arms and hands, but born of a sow. It appeared on page 2, column 2, of the June 8, 1883, issue of the Charlotte Home and Democrat, published in Charlotte, North Carolina (source):

    A Curious Freak of Nature.—A correspondent whose truthfulness we will vouch for, sends us the following account of a “child-pig” which was born in Northhampton a few days ago: On Thursday, 24th, a sow, the property of Jacob Benjamin, a tenant on the Maratock plantation in Occoneechee Neck, Northampton County, farrowed and among the pigs there appeared a monstrosity, astonishing and almost incredible. The thing was a female, assuming the form of a child and pig. The body was that of a natural pig to the shoulders, while from the latter arms, instead of legs, protruded, with elbows, wrists, hands and requisite number of fingers with nails, and inclined towards the head, as a child in the act of clasping its hands together. The head was human in form possessing the expression and features of a pig. It lived eight or ten hours, its cries being those of an infant in distress. Over a hundred people visited the premises, to witness this curious freak of nature—“half child, half pig,” and will corroborate the facts as given.—Weldon News

A brief announcement of a piglet born with a human head appeared in the May 27, 1880, issue of Bogen des Neuigkeits Welt-Blatt, a newspaper published in Vienna, Austria:

    An appalling monstrosity was birthed by a pig in Ingeldorf [(Luxembourgish: Angelduerf), a small town in the commune of Erpeldange, in central Luxembourg], that is, among nine piglets, one had a well-developed human head, but it lived only half an hour. [Translated by E. M. McCarthy. Original German]

Another German case appears in the September 8, 1837, issue of Regensburger Zeitung, a newspaper published in Regensburg, Germany:

From Offenbach [a city in Germany] we have a bit of natural history news, the truth of which we cannot confirm. A few days ago, supposedly, a sow belonging to a jailer there gave birth to six offspring, among whom one had the face, and indeed the fully formed head, of a human being. A pig with a human head would be as great an oddity as a human with the head of a pig! One might ask whether this curious pig in a good educational institution might be trained to be a useful and peaceable citizen of human society, devoted to salvation and the good? [Translated by E. M. McCarthy. Original German]

Next, a notice about a pig with human hands; from page 6 (col. 5) of the April 2, 1915, issue of the South Bend News-Times, a newspaper published in South Bend, Indiana (source)

Evolution of the Human Hog

(Decatur Democrat)

D. M. Hensley, the well known taxidermist in this city, is busily at work stuffing the little pig which was born on the Gephart farm some days ago, the feet of which resembled the hands of a human being. The pig is a freak and Mr. Hensley will have it on display in a few days. It will no doubt attract attention.

Later that same month, a second pig-human hybrid was reported, on page 6 (col. 6) of the April 23, 1915, issue of The Guthrie Daily Leader, a newspaper published in Guthrie, Oklahoma (source):



South Norwalk, Conn., April 23—A pig with ears, nose and mouth almost human in character, yet otherwise a perfect pig, was born here and is causing a tumult among scientists. The pig was born in the piggery of Albert Kunze, and while a sow usually gives birth to eight or ten pigs, this porcine monstrosity carried out its human resemblance by being born alone.

Next, a brief article appearing on the front page (col. 6) of the San Bernardino News, published in San Bernardino, California, on June 2, 1914, (source):


    ROCKPORT, Mo., June 2.—Mrs. Lillie L. Breauzeal of this town has a freak hog which is different from anything ever heard of here. The front of the head of the animal resembles a human face and it has no hoofs. It is without hair except small patches over its eyes.

Next, another brief article appearing on the front page (col. 6) of the Crittenden Record, published in Marion, Crittenden County, Kentucky, on May 21, 1908, (source):

Pig Has Human Face

Sturgis, Ky., May 16th.—Perhaps one of the most peculiar freaks ever known is the human-faced pig now three days old, at the home of J. S. Hancock, on the E. B. Jones farm.

Mrs. Hancock feeds the pig with a spoon as she would feed a baby. The mouth, nose, eyes, forehead and chin are identical with that of a human. It is one of ten pigs having a body as perfect as any of them.

Next, a notice about a pig with one human arm and four human hands; from page 2 (col. 2) of the December 3, 1904, issue of the East Oregonian, a newspaper published in Pendleton, Oregon (source)

A freak is to be seen at the farm of Frank Gagnon, five miles south of town on the reservation. It is a well developed pig, born with a litter of several others, but differing from them in this point: For one leg and foot it has a perfectly formed arm and hand, and on the remaining three legs, instead of feet, are hands. The mother sow refuses to accept her freak offspring, and Mrs. Gagnon is raising it “on the bottle.” She has refused two offers, one of $50 and one of $100 for the animal.—Athena Press.

A brief mention of a pig born with a human hand, from page 4 (col. 3) of the St. Paul Daily Globe, published in Saint Paul, Minnesota, on Nov. 04, 1885 (source):

The city of York, Pa., boasts of a pig with a human hand instead of the orthodox porcine paw. Where are the dime museums that the pig is not on exhibition?

The next transcript is a newspaper account of a pig born with a human head in Tennessee in 1877. It appeared on page 4 (col. 3) of the Memphis Daily Appeal, published in Memphis, Tennessee, on November 31, 1877 (source) In the nineteenth century the Latin term lusus naturae (meaning “sport of nature”) was often used in reference to surprising freaks and mutations.


The Pig Born in Friendship, Crockett County, with a Human Head and Face—Statement of Eye-Witnesses

To the editors of the Appeal.

FRIENDSHIP, CROCKETT CO., August 28.— Having seen a statement going the rounds of the papers that a pig with a human face was found near Dyersburg on the seventh instant [i.e., Aug. 7, 1877], we propose to make some corrections and give the case alluded to more in detail: Said pig was delivered of a fine young Berkshire sow in this village and county on the fourth instant, and was one of a litter of ten pigs. The sow had been bred to a Jersey red boar previously and, as stated, brought a litter of ten pigs on the fourth instant. The entire litter was beautifully spotted, red and black, exhibiting a genuine cross between the black and Jersey red. The pig in question was the fourth farrowed, and was dead when expelled. It was brought to our office in a few minutes afterward by Mr. Wyatt Lunceford, of this place. It was a perfect, well-developed pig, from its head back. Its head was shaped after that of a rather thin-visaged child, with a perfect, though rather narrow, human face. The nose resembled a human nose, somewhat shrunken from loss of the nasal bones. The right ear was a well-formed hog’s ear, while the left, in rather a rudimentary state, resembled a human ear. The hair on the head was uniformly red, very soft and downy, making quite a contrast with the coarser spotted hair covering the body. The face, including the forehead, which was very high and free from hair, was perfectly smooth and as tender as an infant’s. That portion of the head formed by the frontal and temporal bones was as perfect human in resemblance as could be. The eyes, when the lids were drawn apart, presented a beautiful blue color, with a freshness unusual in a dead infant. Its tongue was wide and thin, just like an infant’s tongue. It had but one tooth, and that was a perfectly formed incisor. This monster pig was put by us in alcohol, and intended to be preserved for future study, but unfortunately it began to decay in a few days, and our best efforts to preserve it were unavailing. It was visited, however, by hundreds of people (and among the number several intelligent physicians), by whom the above facts can be corroborated. If we had not felt confident that we could preserve it, we would have had its photograph taken, which we now exceedingly regret not doing. Respectfully,

J. D. Smith M.D.
M. M. Smith, M.D.

The following refers to the same case as that immediately above, but is a different report from a different newspaper. The article, from the front page of the Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, published in Clarksville, Tennessee, on September 1, 1877 (source), was originally from the Dyersburg Gazette.

Pig with a Human Head

Dyersburg Gazette

They had strange doings up at Friendship the other day. Mr. Adams, the blacksmith at that place, has a sow which on the 7th instant dropped a litter of pigs, one of which has a perfect human face and head, the rest of its formation being that of any other pig. It has red hair on its head; its mouth, teeth, and eyes are strangely human, while one ear is that of a hog, the other is that of a little child. This new and strange production is the wonder of the neighborhood. Dr. Duffie, the druggist at Friendship, has preserved it in alcohol and hundreds are flocking to see it daily. We got our information from Capt. Tom Jones and Mr. John McFee, both of whom we have known for years to be truthful and honorable gentlemen. Both of them have seen the pig and we are satisfied that the facts are as stated above.

The following is a report (originally appearing in the Louisville, Kentucky Journal) about a “pig” with human face, from page 4 (col. 1) of the Memphis Public Ledger, published in Memphis, Tennessee, on August 8, 1867 (source):

A Curious Monster

    The Louisville Journal of the 6th says: At the drug store of G. W. Anderson, corner of Fifteenth and Walnut streets, yesterday afternoon, we saw a most extraordinary monstrosity — shocking, enormous, and horrible. It was a pig with a clearly defined human face. The chin, mouth and eyes are particularly noticeable for their similarity to those of a man, though the nose is not so much so; it turns up very unlike a pig’s, and has no nostrils. The animal was therefore necessitated to eat and breathe through the mouth at the same time. This strange creature lived about thirty hours, and during that time cried like a child, made a noise like an ape, and sometimes grunted like a pig. Its body is like a well-shaped pig, and rather larger than those animals generally are at such an age. The owner of the sow, its mother, was afraid of it and gave it to the druggist above named, who had it preserved in alcohol. The curious can see it by calling at the drug store.

The next report is from page 4, column 6 of The Hickman Courier, published in Hickman, Kentucky, on November 20, 1885 (source). It was originally published in the Reading Times, Reading, Pennsylvania.

A Pig With an Arm and Hand

Henry Sclater, of Norristown, has a litter of seven young pigs, one of which is a monstrosity of an unusual type, combining with its porcine construction a portion of the human anatomy. The left forelimb, instead of being a leg, is like the arm of an infant. At the extremity is a hand, containing a thumb and four taper fingers, which are regular in form, even to the nails.

The following transcript is from page 2, column 6 of the May 26, 1881, issue of The Anderson Intelligencer, published in Anderson, South Carolina (source). It was a wire report originally published in the Charlotte Observer.

On the place of a gentleman named McKee in South Point Township, Gaston County [North Carolina], about 15 miles from this city [i.e., Charlotte], is a pig, born like other pigs with the exception that where one of the fore legs ought to be is in place a perfectly shaped human hand with four fingers and a thumb, with well developed nails upon them. There is another exception. On the other fore leg is a toe like those of a human being. The pig is six weeks old. It carries its hand in front and parallel with the body as if in a sling and runs on its three legs much faster, even, than the other pigs with four. The owner of this pig wants $500 for him. A gentleman of this city, Mr. C. S. Mallard, who was at the farm yesterday and examined the monstrosity offered the owner $30 for it but understood from his reply that he couldn’t “touch it with a forty-foot pole.” Dr. J. C. Bauman, a practicing physician of Gaston County, made a scientific examination of it and says the bones and ligaments are those of a perfectly formed hand. It will doubtless prove to be worth all the owner asks for it.—Charlotte Observer, May 15.

The following a brief report about a “pig” with a human head, from page 2 (col. 4) of the Fisherman & Farmer, published in Edenton, North Carolina, on May 29, 1896 (source).

A Curious Freak

A curious freak of nature can be seen at the farm of R. C. Ansell, living near Blackwater, Va. It being no less than a young pig that is part human. It has a human head, also jaws, nose, eyebrows and feet — there being no eyes at all, and no hair on the body. It is quite a curiosity. Dr. W. K. Wood has it preserved in alcohol.

A case of a similar nature was found during the course of a search of Welsh newspaper archives using Welsh Newspapers Online. The following is a brief article that appeared on page 4 of the August 18, 1860, issue of The Merthyr Telegraph, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales (source).


A short time since Charles Mill, living at Crawley, near Uley, had a pig which brought forth young to the number of ten, several of which were more or less deformed, one in a most extraordinary and wonderful manner. It had the perfect form of a human face (with eyes, nose, mouth, teeth and tongue) which was perfectly upright. There were no hind legs, but two marks where legs ought to have been. There were two fore legs, on each of which were five fingers, and the hand represented a human being. The ears, which were not upright, but were situated along the side of the face, were half pig and half human in appearance. It was born alive. The face and forehead were quite bare of hair, but the hinder part was covered with hair, as of a pig. The circumstance caused much talk in the neighbourhood.

Another case is briefly mentioned on page 2, column 3, of the January 26, 1854, issue of the New Orleans Daily Crescent, a newspaper published in New Orleans, Louisiana (source). The notice says that in a hog undergoing slaughter a worker at a pork packing establishment in that city, “discovered a pig with a correctly developed human face, and its front legs growing out from the sides, with terminations to each resembling the four fingers of a child.”

An Australian case is described in the following notice from page 4, column 4, of the January 29, 1886, issue of The Armidale Express and New England General Advertiser, a newspaper published in Armidale, New South Wales (source)

An extraordinary specimen of the “freaks of nature” is in the possession of Mr. O. I. Cavanough, chemist, in the shape or form of an infant pig with a head of human appearance. The “monstrosity” comes from Mr.Brandt’s farm, Six-Mile, and is certainly one of the most extraordinary cases of lusus naturae we have seen.

Newpaper reports describing individuals with frontal proboscises:

pig-human hybridA probable pig-human hybrid with a frontal proboscis (from Screber 1751). This creature had one human ear and one pig ear. Enlarge

Births of this kind are frequently reported to have a structure similar to a short elephant’s trunk, known as a frontal proboscis. Various individuals with frontal proboscises are depicted on the pig-human videos page, and on pages linked to that page.

The following is a report (originally appearing in the Sacramento, California Union) about another such creatures. This transcript was taken from the front page, column 5, of The Jeffersonian, a newspaper published in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, on May 11, 1854 (source):

Lusus Naturae

    We copy the following account of a wonderful production of nature from the Sacramento (California) Union.
    “Dropping into the K Street drugstore yesterday, we observed Dr. Logan busily engaged in his office, making a drawing of the most monstrous lusus naturae we ever saw. It was no less than an abortive attempt on the part of Dame Nature to manufacture a human being out of a hog. The animal had attained its complete fetal growth, and was one of a litter of well and naturally formed pigs. The particular one in question, however, is entirely destitute of hair, while the skin is white and smooth. The forehead and head are full and round, and at about the same facial angle as that of the Caucasian race. In lieu of the nose, a proboscis, in exact miniature shape of an elephant’s, proceeds from above and between the eyes, and rests on the upper lip. The eyes are large, round, and full as a man’s. The lower jaw and chin project beyond the upper, and the tongue protrudes a little beyond the lips. The ears are flattened, and laid back against the side of the head. Indeed, the whole contour and figure of the head and face are those of a human being while the rest of the strange animal partakes of the characteristic formation of the porcine species. We understand that this phenomenon was obtained by a gentleman of this city from one of the neighboring mining districts, and that he intends sending it to Europe, in order to give the savants there an opportunity to speculate concerning its formation.”

The next report, about a “pig” with a human face, from page 4 (col. 4) of the Warren Sheaf, published in Warren, Minnesota, on May 12, 1892 (source).

A "Human" Pig

    A peculiar freak of nature has been discovered at Hubbard. Warren Watkins, a farmer, on going to his pigpen, found a monstrosity in the shape of a newly-born pig. The animal had an almost human face, and was considered one of the greatest curiosities ever seen in that vicinity. The body was naturally formed and differed in no respect from the ordinary pig.

A second report about same birth mentions a proboscis. It appeared on from page 4 (col. 6) of the May 12, 1892, issue of the Courier Democrat, published in Langdon, North Dakota, on (source).

    Warren Watkins, a farmer living near Hubbard, Minn., has a pig with an almost human face, the body being formed like the ordinary piglet. Its proboscis is very much like that of an elephant. Hundreds of persons have viewed the freak.

The following is a brief article that appeared on the front page of the Belmont Chronicle, St. Clairsville, Ohio, on July 23, 1891. According to the account, a “piglet” born in Wellsville, a village in eastern Ohio, had human hands and a frontal proboscis, the "elephant trunk" referred to in the story (source).

Man, Elephant and Pig

A dispatch to the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette from Martin’s Ferry, reads: "Wellsville leads in the procession of monstrosities. It has a pig eight inches in length, which has four eyes, feet like the hands of a human, distinct fingernails and large ears. The upper part of its face is like that of an elephant, and the lower part like a human. There is a trunk projecting from the middle of the head, which turns backward and lies between the ears. In the end of the trunk are two large holes through which the freak breathes, there being no holes in the nose."

A photograph of a similar individual appears at the top of the page here.

The following article appeared on page 2 (col. 7) of the Clarksville Weekly Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee, on Aug. 22, 1874. According to the account, a “pig with a human face” and a frontal proboscis was on display in a drugstore in Chattanooga, Tennessee (source).

The Chattanooga Times thus describes a monstrosity now on exhibition at a drug store in that city:

The curiosity in question is a pig, with the skin of a human infant, a human face in everything except a trunk with the exact conformation of the elephant’s. The skin is velvety, entirely devoid of hair. The face is a curious mixture of animal and human. The skin is all human, and so are the eyes and forehead; the eyes having well-defined brows. The forehead, chin, cheeks and nose, or trunk, make up a countenance not at all unlike one of Nast’s caricatures of Boss Tweed. The ears, body, legs, feet and tail are pig and nothing else. The trunk projects in the same place as the trunk of an elephant, and beneath it is a mouth so human in expression that it raises a doubt whether it can belong to an infant swine. The pig was born on a farm in the eleventh district and lived fifteen minutes after birth.

The next news story, about a “pig” born with a human head and frontal proboscis, appeared on page 3 (col. 1) of the Opelousas Journal, published in Opelousas, Louisiana, on Mar. 13, 1874 (source).

Darwin’s Monkey Beat

Professor Rudolph Mayer, of this town, has a pig whose head and features, with the exception of the ears and snout, are those of a human being. The ears are those of a pig. The snout is neither pig nor human, but is a genuine snout like that of an elephant, hanging from the forehead. The skull is evidently human, having apparently the front and back brain, which no ordinary pig has. The face, eyes and mouth are all alike the human. The pig is about the size of a rat, and , with seven other ordinary pigs was taken from a sow that was slaughtered for pork. It is certainly a curiosity as it is, and would have been a greater one had it been born into actual life. It might have been taught to talk. The hog that goes about with the circus, and plays cards, etc., would have been nowhere beside this human pig. The fortunate owner of the person of this talking pig with human countenance, could have made a fortune exhibiting it, far greater than that of all the Rothschilds' combined. How near he was to fortune and missed it! If he had only waited a few weeks linger, he would now be the possessor of the greatest living curiosity the world has probably ever seen. It costs nothing to see it now. Professor mayer has it in a small jar of alcohol. It is worth seeing.

Next is a news story about a “pig” born with a human head, from page 14 (col. 3) of the Perrysburg Journal, published in Perrysburg, Ohio, on July 30, 1914 (source), another case of frontal proboscis.

Pig has Human Face in Eye

Freak Porker also has Elephant’s's Trunk and is Hairless

Hawkinsville, Ga. — Joseph Fleischman, a merchant of this town, is the owner of one of the greatest freaks of nature ever seen in this part of the south. It is a pig which has a human face in its eye and two noses, one a normal pig’s snout, and the other a diminutive elephant’s trunk, the latter growing from its forehead. It has no hair on its body. Fleischman bought the pig from a farmer living half a mile from here.

Next, a brief article about a “pig” born with a human-like face and a frontal proboscis, from page 2 (col. 4) of the Orangeburg News, published in Orangeburg, South Carolina, on Sept. 19, 1874 (source):

A pig was born recently in Columbus with a half human face and head, perfect chin and mouth, signs of a large tusk on one side of the mouth, and a perfect elephant’s trunk extended from the forehead, with ears similarly shaped to those of an elephant. It will be an interesting fact to psychologists to know that a circus had passed through Columbus some months before this pig was born, and that there was an elephant with it. The maternal sow may have seen the elephant — hence the above monstrosity.

Note: Up until the early twentieth century, it was widely believed, even by many physicians, that the physical form of an infant could be altered by the mother seeing an animal so that the infant, when born, would resemble that animal. For example, in cases quoted elsewhere on this website, physicians describe "human" infants being born with dog’s heads, and attribute the appearance of the infants to the mother’s having been frightened by dogs during the course of pregnancy.

Human mothers:

The great majority of reports about pig-human hybrids allege a sow mother. However, in some cases the reported mother is a woman. In such cases, the reported structure of the offspring generally also seems to differ from the usual rule (human foreparts, pig hind parts). Instead, there seems to be a greater tendency for the foreparts to be pig-like and the hind parts, like those of a human.

The following story appeared on page 2 (col. 4) of The Breckenridge News, Cloverport, Kentucky, on December 18, 1878 (Access original):

A Logan County colored woman gave birth to twins, a few days ago, which are half pig and half human.

A second report about the same alleged event was originally printed in the Logan County Enterprise, published in Russellville, Kentucky. It appeared on the front page of the December 18, 1878, issue The Hartford Herald, published in Hartford, Kentucky (Access original):

    We are informed that a colored woman in this county a few days since gave birth to twins, which were from general appearance half pig and half human—the head, eyes and ears of the little ones were those of a pig, while the remainder was that of a human.—Logan County Enterprise

Another report involving a human mother appeared in many U.S. newspapers in 1868, but the following transcript was taken from page 2, column 3, of the June 27, 1868, issue of The Hickman Courier, a newspaper published in Hickman, Kentucky (source).

    Wonderful Birth.—A child was born in Estill County last week, near the Clark line, which from the waist up, was a perfect pig, and in its lower extremities was developed like a human. This is no cock and bull story gotten up to furnish an item, but is vouched for by Dr. Aleck Stewart, who saw the singular creature. It lived eight hours, and was seen by a great many people. The names of its parents could be given, but that a regard for their feelings forbid.—Clark County (Ky.) Democrat.

A German language report about a pig-human hybrid with atypical structure and human mother appeared on page 7, column 1, of the February 15, 1896, issue of the Austro-Hungarian newspaper Agramer Zeitung (source). In English translation, it reads as follows:

    A Natural Wonder. From New Orleans comes the following news: The faculty of the school of medicine there has a natural wonder under investigation that has its equal nowhere on the face of the earth. The investigation has shown that the creature has a human heart, but lungs that are not like those of a human being. Its face has no cheekbones, the mouth, 100 teeth. The knees and ankles are double jointed. The head is fully three times as long as a human being’s. The ears, which are placed far back on the neck, are those of a swine. The feet and hands are solid bone overgrown with skin, from which the hoofs protrude. The structure of the fingers, muscles and tendons was not described. This creature, which is four years old, has never spoken a word and only grunts. He only eats food that his mother has previously chewed for him, but walks upright like a man. The parents of this being are white and from the interior of the United States. If only this wonder were here for us to see, and not in the United States!

Another case that may refer to a human mother. Here, however, the structure seems typical (human head, pig hind parts). But note that, although a woman was accused, the true parentage of the creature in question was never determined. The following transcript was taken from page 4, column 3, of the February 12, 1884, issue of the Semi-weekly Interior Journal, published in Stanford, Kentucky (source). The story originally appeared in the Richmond Register, another Kentucky newspaper.

A Horrible Monstrosity

     Some weeks ago the Register contained a news item to the effect that Mr. Miles Crawford, of Breathitt County [Kentucky], found on his door step one morning an infant, half human and half dog. Last Monday a messenger from Mr. Crawford came into our office to inform us that the item was partially incorrect. A horrible monstrosity—a mixture of hog and human—was found in Mr. Crawford’s corn field one cold morning last January frozen stiff. It was in a little brown sack together with some corn. Some farm-hands came close to the sack and it was accidentally knocked over, when the hideous lump of deformity rolled out. It had three legs, with split hoofs. Its head was of human formation well covered with hair. The mouth was large; the upper lip was hard and gristly, like a hog’s “rooter.” The nose and eyes were considerably more human then hog. The body resembled the human body and was perfectly smooth. There was not hair on any part of it except the head. The discovery of it was a terrible shock to the good people of that neighborhood who keep the even tenor of their way and are not accustomed to dark and mysterious crimes in their midst. A woman whose reputation for chastity is not the best in the world, came to Mr. Crawford the day before the discovery to beg some corn. Mr. Crawford went into his field and husked some corn which the women took and put in a little brown sack. She complained of being sick and stopped a while in the house to warm. She left and went across the field in the direction of her home. Mr. Crawford identified the sack found by the farm hands as the same carried by the woman, and suspicion at once fastened upon her. She has been driven from the community by the outraged and justly indignant citizens, but the mystery will ever remain unsolved.—Richmond Register

A cyclops:

There seems to be an increased rate of cyclopean births in distant hybrids, perhaps due to disruptions in the ordinary developmental pathways. A brief article appearing on the front page (col. 6) of the Daily Public Ledger, Maysville, Kentucky, on Nov. 3, 1896. It reports a cyclopean “piglet” with a human head (source):

    Lexington, Ky., Nov. 3. — William McAndrews of this city, came home from Winchester Monday night with a strange freak of nature in the shape of a pig with a human head. It has but one eye, that just above the nose. Otherwise the formation is perfect. The pig is but three days, old, and was one of a litter of eight born in a sty belonging to a colored man in Winchester.

Another such cyclops is described in the following article from page 6 (col. 4) of the Sedalia Weekly Bazoo, published in Sedalia, Missouri, on April 9, 1889 (source):

A Lusus Naturae

A Sedalia Pig With One Eye and
an Elephant’s Trunk

    On yesterday a sow belonging to Mrs. Maria Bond, a colored woman, living in North Sedalia, gave birth to a litter of five pigs, four of whom were all right, while the fifth is an extraordinary freak of nature. The pig is entirely destitute of hair, its skin being soft and smooth as that of an infant. Instead of two eyes it has one abnormally large eye in the center of the forehead. The nose is shaped like that of the sheep with an overhanging upper lip. The most singular feature of the incipient porker, however, is a growth of tissue from the forehead just above the eye, projecting forward and downward, which is about two and one half inches in length and resembles and elephant’s proboscis. The animal certainly presents a wonderful aspect. It only lived about ten minutes after being born but the body will be preserved in alcohol as a curiosity.

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Below: A broadsheet (printed ca. 1900) about a pig-human hybrid with an ostensible frontal proboscis born in the town of La Guásima in the Mexican state of Sinaloa. pig-human hybrid


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