Relax With This Live Stream of Captivatingly Placid Pigs

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March 10 2014 5:41 PM

Relax With This Live Stream of Captivatingly Placid Pigs

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A screenshot from the HamCam.

If your week is off to a rough start—for reasons perhaps related to True Detective’s disappointing season finale—I commend you to soothe your nerves with a live feed of highly adorable heritage pigs rooting through hay. Modern Farmer has chosen just the right time to launch its Pig Week, the online centerpiece of which is the somewhat cruelly named HamCam. (It is a follow-up to the website’s wildly popular GoatCam and LambCam, which aired during Goat Week and Sheep Week, respectively.)

Modern Farmer’s camera will be fixed all week long on the pigs’ pen on Pettitoes Farm in Warwick, Mass. The American Guinea Hogs are small, hairy, and black, and they seem to spend most of their time snuffling around and chomping on hay. No amount of description can fully convey how captivatingly placid these majestic animals appear; they seem to get excited only when their owners give them food scraps at 4 p.m. every day. I suggest keeping the HamCam in an open tab throughout the day and checking back any time you feel your pulse heading north of normal. Go, start watching right now.

L.V. Anderson is a Slate assistant editor. She edits Slate's food and drink sections and writes Brow Beat's recipe column, You're Doing It Wrong.