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Taken 20-Nov-14
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Pig Health Check

At the animal market – this one in San Francisco El Alto, Depto de Totonicapan, Guatemala -- buyers hire a health inspector to see if the pig they want to buy is in good health. This is checked by flipping the pig over on it's back, then putting a piece of wood in it's mouth to keep it from biting the inspector. The inspector then grabs the pigs tongue with a rag wrapped around his hand and extends the tongue into the light to check for color. They also check the pigs eyes for clarity.

In general, the pigs don't care for this procedure and really kick up quite a fuss about the whole affair. Talk about squealing pigs - this is intense.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II, f/5 @ 30 mm, 1/160, ISO 800, No Flash

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Keywords:Animal Market, Animals, Central America, Cowboy-Ranch Hand, Dan Hartford Photo, Depto de Totonicapan, Domestic Animal, Domestic Terrestrial Mammal, Guatemala, Pig, Portrait, San Francisco El Alto, 7d2001-#2790

Pig Health Check