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Posted: Sunday, July 8, 2018 12:15 am

Made famous through the unforgettable character, “Pumba,” in Disney’s hit movie, “The Lion King,” the African warthog has become an extremely popular animal.

Zoo Miami is proud to announce the birth of four warthogs, two males and two females, which occurred on June 29th. Today, was the first time that zoo staff was able to temporarily separate the mother from her newborns for a few minutes to successfully perform a neonatal exam on each of them. This exam confirmed their sex and helped to insure that they have an excellent start in life. The preliminary reports are that all four piglets appear to be healthy and developing well.

The four year old mother is from the Indianapolis Zoo and the four year old father is from the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This is the second litter of offspring for both parents. It is the third successful birth of warthogs at Zoo Miami with the first one occurring back in 1995.

The mother will remain off exhibit with her piglets for an as of yet undetermined amount of time to insure that they have bonded properly and are well acclimated to their surroundings prior to going on public display.

Warthogs are found through much of sub-Saharan Africa. Though not naturally aggressive, these wild pigs are quite capable of protecting themselves with large, powerful tusks which they normally use to tear up the ground in search of roots and grubs and to establish dominance between them. Males develop considerably larger tusks than the females. The name warthog is a bit misleading because the protrusions that come out of the sides of the head are not actual warts but rather fatty, granular tissue.

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