Just a few weeks old, six Wild Boars born March 11 at Zoo Basel constantly play, romp, gallop, and make mischief together.
The piglets haven’t stopped since they came out of their den a few weeks after birth. According to keepers, the piglets run excitedly around their enclosure, then flee to the safety of their mothers if they fear any danger. Speaking of danger, the piglets will even climb recklessly on their snout of their sleeping father, a huge male Wild Boar. Dad makes it clear he does not like this, but the piglets persist in their play.
Photo Credit: Zoo Basel
Litters of young Wild Boars nurse for four to five months and develop a "suckling order" after a few weeks: every piglet competes for its own teat, with the good positions at the back taken by the stronger offspring. The easily-digestible milk means that the young nearly double their birth weight in just two weeks.
With striped coats, the piglets can easily blend into their wooded surroundings. By the time they are six months old, the piglets take on the black coloration of adult Wild Boars.
Native to much of Europe, Asia, and northern Africa, Wild Boars are the most wide-ranging mammals in the world. In the early 20th century, some populations were nearly eradicated, but Wild Boars have recovered most of their original range. Wild Boars have been introduced in North America, South America, Australia, and other areas.
See more pics of the piglets below.