Time lapse of a dead pig decaying

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Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that was nasty

posted on Fri, 11/14/2008 - 1:08pm
Karl2177's picture
Karl2177 says:

so many maggots. I think I'm going to have a pulled pork sandwich now...

posted on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 10:52am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Bacon and ham sound like the best food to have after that movie

posted on Fri, 12/26/2008 - 12:51pm
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sca STUDENT says:


posted on Tue, 04/20/2010 - 11:23am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that was cool, fascinating and disgusting

posted on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 8:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

makes me want to go out for pizza . . .

posted on Sun, 12/07/2008 - 1:59pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i thought it was entertaining. hahahah sad little piggy. he isn't goingto the market no more

posted on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 11:56am
Rachel G's picture
Rachel G says:

That was sooo nasty!!! Next time remind me not to watch a dead pig rot! GROSS!!! I won't watch this one again and CLOSE UP PICTURES?!?!?!

posted on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 4:34pm
anonymus's picture
anonymus says:

wow that was amazin lol it lasted for a while and then just broke down all at once

posted on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 1:11pm
Christopher f's picture
Christopher f says:

that is very disgusting and i could only watch 1 30 of it

posted on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 3:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That was actually kind of interesting. The swelling of the body and the sudden swarm of maggots that seem to come pretty fast. I wonder how many days that was.

posted on Sun, 12/28/2008 - 6:04pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

You can look at the close-up photos and the daily log to get a sense of when stuff happened.

posted on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:14am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Flies found the pig within seconds of us putting it out, even though it was still partially frozen.

posted on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:14am
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Josue S.E says:

That took about a week, in the third day the maggots hatch, the fourth and the fith day they start eating, the six and seventh day they start to leave

posted on Sun, 06/23/2013 - 10:13am
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ktur1101 says:

THAT WAS SOOOOOOOO cool. was it me or did the insides like liquidfy . so cool so cool. but I'm glad i didn't have to smell it.

posted on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 6:06pm
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The guy in the closet says:

you're the lucky one I really have smelled it at my uncles farm

posted on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 10:56am
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Tania , christin,nikki, and brenda says:

that was really sad yet gross........poor pigggy. is this how charlottes web ended?????

posted on Fri, 03/26/2010 - 8:43am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Wed, 03/31/2010 - 12:17pm
skylar's picture
skylar says:

that was discusting dont ever show it agin ,ok

posted on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:31am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Tue, 04/20/2010 - 7:53am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is straight nasty yhu shuldnt put decaying pigs on a computer

posted on Mon, 04/26/2010 - 8:53am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that was the nasties thing i have ever seen. it was gross

posted on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 9:53am
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sierra says:

this i s so cool but nasty at the same time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 05/01/2010 - 2:20pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is nasty.

posted on Sat, 10/29/2011 - 9:20am
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patrick mattox says:

Why did I eat dinner while watching this? im not doing school work with dinner ever again...... But still relly cool and fun other then the food in my mouth loosing all flavor instantly.

posted on Wed, 11/30/2011 - 4:55pm
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nyomi s-k says:

icky!!! tht was disgusting1

posted on Sat, 11/15/2008 - 7:55pm
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YouHalo2 says:

That was cool

posted on Sun, 11/16/2008 - 11:43am
aj's picture
aj says:

it was pretty cool. pig rot

posted on Fri, 11/28/2008 - 11:27am
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Devon & Jill says:

Jill: wow I bet the stench was awesomely bad!!!

Devon: I looked like it was melting... and foam was coming out.

posted on Sun, 11/16/2008 - 11:55am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Thanks, now i am hungry for some spam and bacon.

posted on Fri, 11/21/2008 - 3:05pm
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guinevere says:

Insteaad i woud like some fries, or a healthey mael of sauted veggies.

posted on Fri, 11/21/2008 - 6:19pm
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Dr. Science says:

Fascinating! Nature at work!

posted on Sun, 11/23/2008 - 4:21pm
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hoffies says:

That actually took away my appetite. EWWWW

posted on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 12:13pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 12:22pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this is a awesome animal

posted on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 1:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Bacon anyone?

posted on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 4:33pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Anybody else want rice? I'm gonna make some.

posted on Wed, 11/26/2008 - 5:17am
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eric clapton says:

that was disgusting

posted on Fri, 11/28/2008 - 7:52pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i puked lol that was so nasty

posted on Sat, 11/29/2008 - 8:53pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The sight of homeostasis is so hard to watch. I was amazed and horrified as I watched nature take its course. But our planet isn't big enough to prevent death of its inhabitants or to leave everything whole. And all life forms must be nourished. CSI aside, this really makes me think more deeply about the implications of being human.

posted on Thu, 12/04/2008 - 10:02am
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muffin tops lover says:

very philsophicle makes me want pork.

--- It's interesting to watch the decomposition. I think more people would have been horrified if it was a human so be glad it was a pig!

posted on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 11:24am
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Merda says:

Forensic entomolgy rules!

posted on Fri, 12/05/2008 - 7:39pm
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iowaboy says:

i had a classmate from high school tell me about dissecting a pig while in a college-level science class. instead of dissecting a frog, which is done in high school science classes. that is what this article reminds me of, about what can be studied.

posted on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 4:57pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Some high school biology classes, particularly AP biology classes, do dissect fetal pigs, among other things.

posted on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 12:04pm
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Roosevelt81 says:

Why does a dead pig take only 2 1/2 minutes to decay?

posted on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 5:36pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

It's a time lapse video. We took a picture every 8-15 seconds, and then made the photos into a movie that plays very fast.

If you watch both pig videos, you're looking at three or four weeks' worth of photos.

posted on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 12:05pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow, now lets watch a decaying human so we can compare and contrast! (j/k kind of)

what were the insects in the upper right hand corner of Part2 around 1:10? the ones that were tearing away little strips.

posted on Wed, 12/10/2008 - 6:36pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I am totally willing to be studied in this kind of time-lapse when I'm dead

posted on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 3:17pm
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EWatson02 says:

That was simultaneously the coolest and most disgusting thing I have ever seen in my life. Awesome.

posted on Thu, 12/11/2008 - 4:14pm
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blacky chan says:

......disgusting looks like my brother when he falls asleep when thers still a pizza in his mouth.............................im hungry

posted on Sat, 12/13/2008 - 6:24pm
Jeanelle Belle's picture
Jeanelle Belle says:

That is really odd, your brother with a pizza in his mouth.

posted on Sun, 12/14/2008 - 1:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What an oddly beautiful series of events. It is so amazing what nature and a little bit of time can do.

posted on Sun, 12/14/2008 - 10:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I don't think I've erver seen anything like that befor. that was so gross I kinda gagged. Why did it blow up likea balloon?

posted on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 4:19pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

The intestines of living creatures contain a wealth of bacteria and other microorganisms. After an animal dies, its body can no longer keep these critters in check. The bacteria multiply like crazy, breaking down tissues and cells and releasing fluids into body cavities. In the low- or no-oxygen environment of the pig's body, the bacteria respire, producing gases such as hydrogen sulfide, methane, cadaverine, and putrescine. (These gases are what make dead things smell so awful.) And the build-up of the gases inflates the body. Or, as you say, "blows it up like a balloon."

If you want to know more about decomposition, try the Australian Museum's great resource, Decomposition: What Happens to the Body After Death?

posted on Tue, 12/16/2008 - 4:48pm
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haiely bailey says:

that was soo gross i wont eat pork for weeks

posted on Wed, 12/17/2008 - 12:06pm
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ben sam insurance stephen munoz anders says:

grosssssssssssssssss im sick

posted on Thu, 12/18/2008 - 11:06am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this movie really was awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 12/19/2008 - 5:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That was awsome!!!!!!!! Science at its fullest

posted on Fri, 12/19/2008 - 5:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

a good arguement for cremation

posted on Sat, 12/20/2008 - 3:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Sun, 12/21/2008 - 11:49am
Major Awesome's picture
Major Awesome says:

that was so sweet!!! really cool

posted on Tue, 12/23/2008 - 6:55pm
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Hungry For Pork Anyone? says:

That looks very yummy! Pass the pork please!

posted on Sat, 12/27/2008 - 10:58am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Hungry for pork? Anyone?

posted on Sat, 12/27/2008 - 11:00am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

What happens when a body is in a plastic bag? If the flies can't get to it, how does it decompose?

posted on Sat, 12/27/2008 - 12:46pm
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Tommy G says:

.......we were going to have pork chops tonight! But we did csi #1 so pepperoni pizza is out to!!!!

posted on Mon, 12/29/2008 - 3:54pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Did someone have to kill the pig or did it commit

posted on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 9:42am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

The pig died of natural causes. (We knew we needed a couple of months to decompose a small pig, and we know that the temperature generally gets below 55 degrees in October, which slows or stops insect activity. So we needed to be done by then. We absolutely didn't want to kill a pig, and we worried we wouldn't find one in time.) This one died and was stored in a freezer for a few days until we could collect it.

posted on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:11am
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Brendan is cool says:

Thats cool

posted on Tue, 12/30/2008 - 10:21am
karter's picture
karter says:

looks like this piggy isnt goin' home

posted on Wed, 12/31/2008 - 3:02pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

wow that was slightly creepy, and yet educational

posted on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 4:08pm
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Matthew Hertz says:

Though a bit on the disgusting side, it is a beautiful reminder of our mortality, and what our 'end result' will be...worm food. Something to think about when throwing away a plastic container. It will be around many years after any of us.

posted on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 6:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That...was....AWESOME!!! :D

posted on Thu, 01/01/2009 - 8:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It was cool and disgusting all at the same time. At one point in the video the face was just gone! That was really neat.

posted on Fri, 01/02/2009 - 1:01pm
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Pat McGroyn says:

that was pretty nifty you guys :D
next put sound on it (pretty please?)


posted on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 9:38am
Thor's picture
Thor says:

Actually, the pig was quite silent through the whole process.

posted on Mon, 01/05/2009 - 11:09am
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Person whos sister couldn't watch the video says:

My sister couldn't watch the video it was sooooooooooo gross!!!

posted on Sun, 01/04/2009 - 4:56pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it blew up and then deflated and lots of liquid came out

posted on Wed, 02/25/2009 - 12:12pm
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Lord Dolor says:

it is cool but also grows when i saw it i felt like i had bugs on me the black water stuff was weard at ferst it looked the same for like a awer it was weard that it tern blue on the stamech

posted on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 8:11pm
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Lord Dolor says:


posted on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 8:34pm
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Lord Dolor says:


posted on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 9:13am
Lord Dolor's picture
Lord Dolor says:

reely weird!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 03/11/2009 - 9:14am
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Gromit says:

Really interesting piece of footage, i am studying entomolgy as part of my forensics course and this helped alot with the process of body decomposition even though it was a bit weird to watch.

posted on Sat, 03/21/2009 - 10:47am
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Paul R Wilson says:

I have wondered about the terrible ODOR of rotting flesh. I know it's due to molecules of a certain shape that, regardless of actual origin, tell the sense of smell that something DEAD is nearby. Some plants produce such molecules to draw houseflies to pollinate them -and thus are NOT popular with people living nearby.
As to why our brains interpret these molecules as disgusting & foul, I can only speculate that rotting flesh is a health hazard, so we evolved to perceive these particular molecules as disgusting -when they may actually smell like - Chanel #5 !

posted on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 6:33am
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Kellybelly says:

This was amazing to watch, disgusting I admit but astounding.

How those little tiny creatures can do that is beyond me.

and how they move those bones is quite fascinating.

Thank you for doing this experiment.

posted on Sun, 05/24/2009 - 4:16am
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michael says:

what was the liquid that came out of hte decaying pig???????

posted on Fri, 07/10/2009 - 9:40pm
Sarah's picture
Sarah says:

what is happening when that blob comes out of his body??????

posted on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 9:41am
RANDOM GUY's picture

well i thought it was taking too long so i fast forwarded but still watched it ..... IT ALMOST EXPLODED!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Wed, 03/24/2010 - 11:17am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that was nasty all of tht blood ughhhh!!!!

posted on Sat, 04/03/2010 - 12:22pm
Gray's picture
Gray says:

I love csi! How cool an intresting.What a great exbit.:)

posted on Fri, 04/09/2010 - 9:48am
t's picture
t says:

that was NASTY

so much blood

so much pig

posted on Fri, 04/30/2010 - 11:20am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

how sweet?!!!!! it was disgusting in an awesome way

posted on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 2:47pm
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bekah says:

okay that was officially the grossest thing I have ever seen in my life. but what was weird was that i was fascinated by it...but omgosh i felt like i was gonna barf!

posted on Fri, 05/28/2010 - 6:45pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

that was the most disturbing thing i have ever seen in my hole live :(

posted on Wed, 07/14/2010 - 2:03am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Wow. The way it swelled was totally interesting and unnerving at the same time.
Ish. Way cool, but definitely too many maggots for me to be able to eat dinner right now.

posted on Mon, 11/22/2010 - 5:53pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

At a certain point in their life cycle, the maggots crawl away from the corpse to find a place to pupate. Being called downstairs to sweep up hordes of migrating maggots may be considered part of "other duties as assigned," but it's still one of the weirder things I've ever had to do for my job! :)

posted on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 11:16am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i keept my mouth open the whole time!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Thu, 04/14/2011 - 4:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

some times after someone/something dies the body will swell up and explode instead of what we saw here. this is an amazing way to see the world. i mean if you think about it the pig is higher up on the food chain after it is dead either we eat it or the flies and maggots do. everything in this video was facinating. i quite liked it.....after a while i felt like there were bugs on me though and i was creeped out by that considering i love bugs and keep quite a few tarantulas in my room. excellent video!

posted on Mon, 05/16/2011 - 3:22am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

That was a cool video. It's not every day you get to see a decaying pig.

posted on Wed, 06/08/2011 - 7:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

We will all look like that some day. Oh my Lord have mercy on us!

posted on Tue, 07/05/2011 - 1:15am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i feel sick now!!

posted on Mon, 09/19/2011 - 11:09am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Thanks so much for posting stuff like this! It's a great visual aid for my Forensics class. We're learning all about the decomposition of the body.

posted on Thu, 03/29/2012 - 8:30pm
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Trevorwashere says:

Imagining the smell makes my stomach churn. Xb

posted on Sat, 06/16/2012 - 8:41pm
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smellykelly says:

Awesome experiment!

If I wanted to dissect a pig without having it be preserved, how long could I get a 40-50lb pig to stay good for after it is cut open? What temperature would you recommend?

posted on Thu, 08/02/2012 - 10:44am
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MeILikeRottenPigs says:

That was actually quite fascinating, no joke.

posted on Tue, 11/27/2012 - 12:17pm
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Alejandra says:

I have a question: What is going on with that liquid by the pig's mouth at 2:03. Is it boiling or just spilling out?

posted on Fri, 01/11/2013 - 4:41pm

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