Two Mangalitza sows at the Czech Republic’s Ostrava Zoo gave birth to their first litters of piglets in late June. Because the Ostrava Zoo only maintains female Mangalitza Pigs, the sows had been sent to the Vyskov Zoo in January, where they spent three months with a boar. The result: 17 piglets! One sow delivered ten piglets; the other seven. These were the first litters for each sow.
Mangalitza Pigs, which originated in Hungary, are also known as curly-haired hogs due to their long, fleecy coat. Once widely bred for their lard, Mangalitza pigs are now regarded as a rare breed.