Blue Skinned Pig? Real or Fake?

Blue fat pig bellyAll over Facebook there seems to be images of a Blue skinned pig that has blue skin, Well technically its Blue fat under the skin. I have to say that I was a little skeptical when first seeing the images, but there may yet be an explanation!

Blue Skinned Pig Backstory

According to the original story A couple of Morgan Hill, CA ranchers out on ATV’s spotted a hog and decided to cull the hog to provide meat for there family. After loading the hog on there ATV’s Draining the blood and returning home they proceeded to skin the hog to start the quartering process.

Upon cutting into the Hog they were surprised to find that the inside of the pigs flesh was a florescent blue. Upon further inspection it was not a blue skinned pig, but a blue fat hog that they had on their hands. All the other tissue and muscle other than the fat was the normal flesh tone color it should have been.

blue fat pig 3Hog Wash and Speculation

Many have speculated that the Florescent Blue of the pigs fat has been caused by consumption of copper  causing copper poisoning. Although there are no copper mines close to the ranch this is one plausible explanation. There is however a number of old mercury mines in the area that have been abandoned and filled in.

I have some speculation of my own on the cause of the Blue Skinned Pig. Based on a paper that i have read I believe that the cause of the Pig’s florescent Blue fat is due to Fat Necrosis.

And I quote

“In some four-hour specimens can be found fat cells located at the margin of the encompassing wall of leucocytes in which solidification has taken place, where the solid material takes a blue stain with haematoxylin about the same in intensity as ordinary nuclear standing. The blue staining substance seems to form in a fume-like projections from the wall of the fat cell, often inclining clear spaces in the meshes it forms. This seems to mark the earliest stage in the formation of calcium salts, and from its location at the edge of the necroses it seems due to inion with calcium salts diffusing in from the outside.”

blue skinned pig sampleSamples and Testing

What ever the explanation the two Morgan Hill, CA ranchers have taken a sample and sent it to UC Davis for further studies and examination. My question is would you eat this Blue Skinned Pig? I think i will await further information before i would indulge in some Blue eggs and ham.

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Hi, I am Gregory Beckman, as the main owner of Military Hunting and Fishing let me tell you a little bit more about myself. I am currently an active duty member in the United States Coast Guard. I have been an active duty member for seven years and counting, traveling the world, and defending my country! My experiences have shaped the way that I see the world and my memories will stick with me for a lifetime. Although I may not live in the country, the country lives in me. Traveling the world I have had the chance to experience the wonders of nature in many different places, meeting many different people and tasting wild game that the normal person would not get to experience. Although these experiences have kept me away from home, it has instilled a deep passion of hunting and fishing in my blood. Thank you for joining our site, and I look forward to interacting and sharing stories of our hunting adventures. Gregory A. Beckman
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