DAY FIVE: Monday, 9-22-08

Here are stills and video from early Monday afternoon. Pardon my shaky hands.

They are GRAPHIC.

From the cage door Monday, from the cage door
Monday, from the cage doorCourtesy Liza Pryor
Holding the camera inside the cage Monday, holding the camera inside the cage
Monday, holding the camera inside the cageCourtesy Liza Pryor
What's going on with the pig's face? Whole face: Closer and closer...
Whole face: Closer and closer...Courtesy Liza Pryor
Roger wanted to know what the white stuff on the pig's chin is. Well, it's clusters of tiny maggots, each much, much smaller than a grain of rice. The fact that we're seeing them on the OUTSIDE of the pig now, instead of concentrated in the moist areas (like the eyes, nose, mouth, etc.) means that bacterial decomposition is moving along and the tissues are getting softer. Aren't you glad Roger asked?
Aren't you glad Roger asked?Courtesy Liza Pryor

This quick-and-dirty video shows how active the maggots are.

Here's another one: slightly different angle, blurrier, and shakier. (Sorry.)

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

Thanks for the close ups. I have been wanting close-ups. The video adds a new dimension. The second video must have been really gross because it is no longer available.

posted on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 4:11pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

It's available now. Sorry: YouTube wasn't done "processing" it when I posted the link.

But, yes, it's really, really gross.

posted on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 4:21pm
ARTiFactor's picture
ARTiFactor says:

My wife just saw it on my monitor, immediately left the room and said she never wanted to see that dead pig again. I hope you put in for hazard pay for this.

posted on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 4:29pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Yeah, people seem to have one of two reactions--total fascination, or total disgust--with no in-between.

I don't want people to be upset and offended. But *I* think it's fascinating. And the details that just seem amazingly gross to me are bigtime clues to folks like Valerie Cervenka.

And I should say, too, that while I was not about to touch the pig (barehanded, anyway), it really isn't very smelly. And the maggots are somehow less disgusting out there, alone with the pig, than they would be if I discovered something dead in my kitchen or basement.

posted on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 4:41pm
Rayza's picture
Rayza says:

"And the maggots are somehow less disgusting out there, alone with the pig, than they would be if I discovered something dead in my kitchen or basement."
Well yeah! You don't have to move the pig!

posted on Sun, 07/05/2009 - 8:23am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

A couple things—

We should have a rotting animal at the science museum all the time! Next month should be horse month! And when it gets too cold, we could just have them inside.

Also, I forgot that I already had music playing when I put my headphones on to hear the videos, and thought that they had been synced to a soundtrack. A little music really classes up the circle of life.

posted on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 4:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

JGordon, I like the way you think!

posted on Mon, 09/29/2008 - 8:11pm
mdr's picture
mdr says:

Fascinating. Thanks for posting these Liza.

posted on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 4:56pm
Joe's picture
Joe says:

The videos of the pulsating maggots is most excellent!

posted on Mon, 09/22/2008 - 5:49pm
ASHL3Y SHANA311's picture
ASHL3Y SHANA311 says:

wow that soo nasty and cool at the same time !!!!!

posted on Sat, 09/27/2008 - 3:44pm
myiuki's picture
myiuki says:

cowboy: howdy! parden me for sayin so, but thatsa niice video.

myiuki: indeed, twas magnificante! i love rotting animals before lunch. how's a pork sandwitch sound, cowboy?

cowboy: mmmm, pork. Might wanna salt that on' a lill' first, pardner.

myiuki: don't forget the pepper!

cowboy: i prefer garlic salt.

posted on Sat, 10/18/2008 - 10:50am
The a's picture
The a says:

Ewww! Nasty! But so cool! Hope I never have to see this in real life...

posted on Sat, 10/18/2008 - 11:11am
ccha1002's picture
ccha1002 says:

I am sorry if this sound mean to people, what is the point of watching a pig rott? If you can watch a pig rott will you watch some one get hurt and don't do any thing to help?

posted on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 5:44pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

I don't think that you can correlate the two things. After all, the pig isn't hurting, and there isn't anything we can do to help, right?

But, more to the point, here's why we're watching the pig rot.

posted on Thu, 10/23/2008 - 11:43am
pig-master3000's picture
pig-master3000 says:

Watching this on an empty stomach makes me hunger for some BBQ Ribs.... i'm thinking Famous Daves!!!

posted on Sat, 10/25/2008 - 11:51am
plee057's picture
plee057 says:

Awaome! this is incredible!!!!

posted on Thu, 10/30/2008 - 5:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is cool!

posted on Fri, 10/31/2008 - 10:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that's really cool

posted on Sun, 11/02/2008 - 4:18pm
bri and adam's picture
bri and adam says:

Bri: This is nasty beyond reason and why someone would tape this is beyond me... :)

Adam: i think this is gross but interesting... lol

posted on Fri, 11/07/2008 - 2:19pm
Kaitlyn Triemert's picture
Kaitlyn Triemert says:

The video of the pig was boring.Not enough gore.It was a little cool I guess.I like the part with black goo in the pig's mouth.

posted on Sat, 11/08/2008 - 1:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think the pig thing is cool and i never knew that pigs are similar to humans. i am her friend and i think that watching this pig rot was terrible!!!!! so sad

posted on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 11:39am
bree and meghan's picture
bree and meghan says:

we both think that it is pretty dang gross but i guess interesting i hope you all enjoy!!!!

posted on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 12:34pm
hi_zong's picture
hi_zong says:

how cool i wish i can do that but my mom would be mad
;]]

posted on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 3:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

well this is very gross and i dont think u should be doing this to des poor animalz

posted on Fri, 03/12/2010 - 2:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

ewwwwww that it disgusting why would someone do that yuck!!!!!!!! :(

posted on Fri, 03/12/2010 - 3:25pm
serenity lakes's picture
serenity lakes says:

like ewwwwww!!! this is soo gross, who likes to watch a decaying animal??? that is just SOOOO wrong!

posted on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 10:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I know right.

posted on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 11:35am
Delshaun's picture
Delshaun says:

this is the nastiest picture i have ever seen it makes me want to throw up. dont you agree

posted on Fri, 04/02/2010 - 11:37am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

thanks for posting such phenomenal information :D

posted on Fri, 05/07/2010 - 6:14am

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