Posted May 28, 2019 in New Arrivals
Born on the 7th April to first time parents mum Charlie and Dad Piggles Jr, the two piglets have been doing extremely well and we can now confirm that we have one male and one female. Keepers have since named the piglets, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Hog!
Back in April 2017 Dad Piggles Jr arrived at Colchester Zoo from Oklahoma Zoo in America, making these youngsters particularly important as it has introduced a completely new blood line to the breeding programme.
Red river hogs such as ours have a bristly coat which can vary from reddish to greyish-brown with a white mane running down their backs. Piglets such as ours have different coats whilst they are young which is covered in spots and stripes, this slowly fades as they get older and they begin to match their parents in colouring.
This species is currently listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List however their numbers are declining.
Stop by their enclosure at Edge of Africa and see if you can spot Kermit and Miss Piggy.
You can also adopt these adorable new arrivals!