Update on warthog piglets
Friday, April 25, 2014
Shirley, an 8-year-old warthog, gave birth to four piglets on April 17, 2014, but two of the piglets did not survive. Infant mortality is not uncommon for warthog litters, which usually average three to five piglets.
The remaining two piglets, confirmed to be a male and a female during a recent preliminary veterinary check, are healthy, thriving, and actively following their mother. The piglets will have an opportunity to bond with Shirley behind-the-scenes before making their debut in the Zoo’s African Plains.
This litter is the fifth for Shirley and 8-year-old Vern. Vern, who has not yet had an opportunity to meet his new son and daughter, has proven to be an interested and attentive parent toward Shirley’s previous litters, despite the fact that wild warthog fathers have little or no contact with their offspring. Found throughout the savanna of eastern sub-Saharan Africa, warthogs are not currently classified as endangered.
Visitors can expect to see the family on exhibit in early May. The opportunity to name the piglets will be offered as part of the silent auction at The Beastly Feast, the annual black-tie gala to benefit Zoo Atlanta, on Saturday, May 3.
Stay tuned for more details on the piglets’ debut.