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05 26/05/2017

Tiny trotters! Red river hog piglets born at the zoo

Two “pocket-sized” piglets have been born at the zoo.

The tiny pair of red river hogs, which are as yet are unsexed and unnamed, arrived to first-time mum Mali (8) following her four-month-long pregnancy.

Red river hogs live in swamps and forests in western and central Africa and are said to be the most colourful member of the pig family. They are also the smallest of all African pigs.

  Red River Hog Piglets

Sarah Roffe, team manager, said:

We’re ever so pleased with our delightful duo and mum Mali is so far doing a fantastic job of caring for them. They’re only pocket-sized piglets at the moment but they’re already full of personality and have bundles of energy. 

Currently their coats are covered in spots and stripes but they’ll fade after about six months when they’ll take on their more distinctive rusty colouring.

Hunting for their meat has led to a decline in red river hogs in some parts of Africa where they were once commonly found.

Red River Hog Piglet

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