A group of four warthog piglets born on April 8, 2015 have gone on exhibit at the Detroit Zoo. There brother is currently behind these scenes as he needs to gain weight before he can join the group again.
Keepers have named the piglets after characters in the HBO fantasy drama ‘Game of Thrones.’ The females are known as Daenerys, Sansa and Cersi with the males known as Tyrion and Hodor.
“We’re thrilled to have this new litter to add to our warthog family. Like all pigs, warthogs are smart and precocious and a lot of fun to watch running and rooting around in their habitat,” said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society.
Detroit Zoo is a warthog love nest with their resident pair having had three litters in the past three years. The mum is 10 year old Lilith and the father is Linus, 5. The zoo’s sounder now numbers 12.
Warthogs are named for their protruding facial warts. They have four large protruding tasks coming from the sides of their snout.
At home these guys live in savannah woodland and grasslands throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Drought and hunting are putting this species at serious risk of localised extinction.
Photo Credit: Detroit Zoo