Never-Before-Seen Footage Shows The Birth Of One Of The Rarest Pig Species In The World

Hidden cameras captured the never-before-seen footage of the birth of a babirusa piglet, one of the rarest pig species in the world. The birth was at Chester Zoo in Cheshire, England, and something that very few people in the world, if any, have witnessed.

Kendari gave birth to the adorable little male piglet, Bukaan, after a five-month-long pregnancy. Bukaan stumbles a little during his first steps on Earth, and eventually latches onto his mother for some milk. After his meal, he snuggles up next to his mom for a nap. He’s so sweet!

Babirusa are found on the island of Sulawesi in Indonesia, and were once thought to be pretty common, but a history of hunting for their meat and destruction of their habitat has dwindled their existence to an estimated 5,000.

Hopefully this birth will be helpful in term of the conservation breeding of this endangered species for the future.

When Kendari’s new piglet grows up he will sport a face full of twisted tusks, a large wet snout, warts and will be almost completely hairless, just like his dad, Sausu.” Tim Rowlands, curator of mammals at the zoo, told ITV News.

Watch Bukaan’s first moments after birth in the video below:

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Growing up, Ashley always had a passion for writing. After receiving her Bachelor's in Journalism from Stony Brook University, she now uses that passion to write about the thing she loves most in this world: animals! When she isn't writing, you can find her curled up on the couch with a kindle in her hands and her Guinea Pigs on her lap.
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