Warty Pigs Arrive In Pittsburgh For New Zoo Exhibit

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The pig population has increased from zero to three, at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

Dr. Ginger Sturgeon, director of animal health, says the Visayan warty pigs were born at the San Diego Zoo. She listed them by name:

“We have Pearl, she’s a 9-year-old female. Then, we have Dakila and Calaya, they are both 8-year-old females.”

With long snouts, black fur, and Mohawks peppered with white, they like to ham it up, now and then.

“They’re very inquisitive animals,” Dr. Sturgeon adds. “And what’s fun about them is they like to play on dry land, they like to play in a mud wallow. They also are known to swim. So we’re going to have a nice big pool for them on exhibit.”

Meanwhile, work continues on a new exhibit area called “The Islands,” which will include the pigs and four other endangered species.

“The Islands…

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