Endangered piglet goes on show one month after birth (and it's very cute)

This is the critically endangered warty piglet that has gone on show one month after being born.Have you spotted our Visayan warty piglet yet? …
Don’t be put off by the creature’s name – they’re just as cute as any other piglet.The Visayan warty piglet was born in February at Newquay Zoo in Cornwall and its arrival has delighted keepers.Warty pigs originate from the Visayan Islands in the Philippines, where they live in dense forested areas.The species, which is in rapid decline, is listed as critically endangered on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List.(Newquay Zoo/PA)John Meek, curator of animals at Newquay Zoo, said: “I am really thrilled we have successfully bred a warty piglet, as the species is in dire straits and without intervention from us they are in danger of becoming extinct.“We had to keep it inside for the first few weeks as it’s been so wet, but the piglet is thriving and visitors can now catch a glimpse of it out and about.”Newquay Zoo – Newquay Zoo added a new photo. | Facebook
Habitat destruction and over-hunting have been blamed for the warty pig population becoming almost extinct in the wild.Little is known about the pigs, which were only recognised as a species in their own right in 1997.Newquay Zoo – Newquay Zoo added a new photo. | Facebook
Male warty pigs are much larger than females and develop long crests and manes – similar to a mohawk hairstyle – in the breeding season.The zoo, an education, research and conservation charity, is also celebrating the arrival of baby meerkats, otters and penguin chicks.

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