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[Zoonaute news] Red river hog triplets born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo


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[Zoonaute news] Red river hog triplets born at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Message par Yoan le Sam 19 Oct 2013, 17:24

Publié le 3 juillet 2013

With their Spock ears and button snouts, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo's newest arrivals are already winning over Zoo visitors - who have given them the squeal of approval.

Born just in time for World Triplet Day, the three-week-old red river hogs are currently sporting striking cream and black stripes which they'll eventually lose to become red all over, just like their parents.

Weighing a tiny two pounds at birth - the same size as a bag of sugar - the triplets are mum Rapunzel and dad Pedro's first born and have already been spotted running around their paddock and snuffling in the mud as they start to explore their new surroundings.

Zookeeper Cassie Taylor said: “Red river hogs are often described as the prettiest of all pigs, and that's certainly true for our new arrivals - they're adorable.

“After spending the first couple of weeks tucked up inside their den with mum, they're slowly starting to grow in confidence and, although they're still sticking close to her, it's fantastic to see them venturing outside and investigating their paddock.”

One of the smallest species of pigs, red river hogs hail from sub-Saharan Africa and are excellent swimmers and runners - which Whipsnade's new babies are already proving as they trot around after each other in their enclosure.

Born as part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) for red river hogs, the triplets are a much welcomed addition to the Zoo.


Red river hogs (Potamochoerus porcus)
Red river hogs inhabit the forests and swamps of western and central Africa.
Most active at night, they can often be found rooting with their up-turned snouts.
They are omnivorous and eat a wide range of foods, typically feeding on grasses and fruit.
Red river hogs give birth to an average of two to four piglets after a gestation of 122 days.

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