The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s red river hog has become a mother. She gave birth to a litter of five piglets three weeks ago which can be seen nursing from her. They have also started to try solid foods including some of the leafy browse they were offered today.
Currently these little piggies resemble watermelons with their striped and spotted coat. Over time they will grow into the red coat which adults have. This coat blends them into the Sub-Saharan areas of Africa where they make their home.
This species which is also known as the bush pig is found in African rainforests. Recent evidence suggests that their population is decreasing as a result of hunting.
Photo Credits: Tammy Spratt/ San Diego Zoo Safari Park