Thursday 19 July 2018

Three of the world’s rarest pigs born at Chester Zoo

Three tiny babirusa piglets – the rarest pigs in the world – have made their debut in a cute video.

(Chester Zoo)
(Chester Zoo)

By Emily Chudy, Press Association

Three of the world’s rarest pigs have been born at Chester Zoo, and visitors have already fallen in love.

The zoo showed off the newborns for the first time in a video that showed them playing in the sunshine after wallowing in the mud.

Posting on Facebook, Chester Zoo said: “Congrats to mum Kendari on her baby babirusa triplets!”

THREE little piggies play in mud for the very first time... 😍 Congrats to mum Kendari on her baby babirusa triplets! 🐷🐷🐷

Posted by Chester Zoo on Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The adorable video of the piglets’ debut now has over 30,000 views.

Tim Rowlands, curator of mammals at the zoo, said: “Babirusa are, without question, one of the rarest pig species on the planet.

“Chester Zoo is also one of the world leaders in breeding these charismatic pigs.

“Kendari’s new trio of piglets are special additions to the world’s population.”

ipanews_cd5dc629-4946-41b1-8e12-f37794632b4d_embedded907668
(Chester Zoo)

The rare set of piglets was born on May 20.

Kendari had been taking care of her young in a behind-the-scenes breeding area, however the zoo is now showing off the newborns in its babirusa habitat.

Babirusa pigs are found only on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and there are just 5,000 individuals estimated to remain of the species.

Press Association

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Editors Choice

Also in World News