Keller Breland often said that
there were few animals as talented as the pig when it came to fine-motor
tasks (at least involving its lips). Therefore, the pig was used in a great many ABE exhibits,
stage-shows, on film, at the IQ-Zoo, and at fairs. These pigs often
advertised Larro® Feed for General Mills. Particularly interesting
were the pig acts of Larro Bessie, the Pig Miner, Pricilla the Fastidious
Pig, and the Supermarket Pig. The supermarket-pig photograph has appeared
in many textbooks that describe the work of the Brelands and the Baileys.
It indicates a key factor in making animal exhibits entertaining -- put
the animal in a "human-appearing" situation. Marian Bailey liked to
describe this as putting the animal in an anthropomorphic situation.
Other persons who have capitalized upon this idea are Walt Disney and