This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home and these eight little piggies went wee, wee, wee all the way around their paddock. These eight adorable little wild boar piglets took their first steps out into the big wide world this week at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
Born on Wednesday 8 April the stripy youngsters were initially tentative as they left the sty for the first time. Mum Hinge named after the famous female-impersonation act Hinge and Bracket nudged the boars around the enclosure using her nose.
Donovan Glyn, Whipsnade Zoo Team Leader said, “Hinge has clearly decided she doesn’t fancy staying in the sty anymore and given the piglets their marching orders. With some gentle nose-nudging she actually managed to walk them around the entire paddock, which is great because now they’ve explored a bit they’ll settle in really quickly.”
At birth the piglets weighed just 0.4-0.8kg (0.8-1.8lb) so the piglets have lots of growing to do before reaching a potential adult weight of 175kg (285lb). “The wild boar piglets aren’t terribly active so they probably needed the push from their mum to get out and about. They will continue to sleep a lot and drink milk, gradually weaning onto fruit and vegetables over the next few months,” explained Glyn.
“Eight isn’t actually that many for a litter of wild boar. Last year, Hinge had 13 piglets, but boar tend to have less piglets the older they get. Our other female, Bracket, has also just given birth, so we now have quite a number of stripy piglets running around.”
Photo Credit: ZSL Whipsnade Zoo