Zoo Basel's children's zoo welcomed eight miniature piglets this week or, as they call them, mini-schwein. While not exactly exotic, the tiny piglets are the size of small puppies and have proven to be an absolute delight for the Swiss children lucky enough to see them.
Pigs & Warthogs
On April 16, Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo welcomed eight little Guinea Hog piglets. Although Guinea Hogs are rare today, they were once a common domesticated hog throughout the Southeastern United States.
Photo Credits: Shannon Calvert
On March 19, five-year old Red River Hog Mvula, gave birth to her first litter of little hoglets at the Calgary Zoo. Mvula and her babies have had lots of quiet time to bond and she has proven to be an excellent mother.
According to a 16th century German tradition, the birth of this particular breed of pig in mid-winter is great luck for the new year. What better way to ring in '09 than with these "lucky charm" piglets born at the Berlin Zoo.
The Houston Zoo recorded a first earlier this year with the birth of a rare and endangered babirusa pig. Her name, Hadiah (pronounced: huh-DI-ah), means 'gift' in an Indonesian language. Hadiah weighed approximately one pound at birth and she immediately captured the hearts of her keepers.
Last year the Cincinnati Zoo welcomed two litters of Red River Hogs. Endangered in their native Africa, the Red River Hog, also know as the Bush Pig, inhabits a diverse range of habitats, from rainforests to savannah and mountains. Like most pigs, they are social animal and live in herds of 6-20 members.
In under one week, four Chacoan peccaries were born at the LA Zoo. Lucky for them, they were just in time for Halloween and got to enjoy some delicious pumpkin treats. Closely related to pigs, these little guys are native to Bolivia, Argentina and Paraguay and were thought extinct until 1972 when they were rediscovered. See them this weekend at Boo at the Zoo!
These camouflaged little oinkers really blend in with their surroudings...
The Brevard Zoo welcomed a tiny Visayan warty piglet on Sept. 17th! These tiny hogs are critically endangered in their native Phillipines.
Little Miss Oinkers weighed less than 1lb at birth. © Oregon Zoo
Mom is a looker!