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Chester Zoo celebrates birth of rare warty pig

An extremely rare piglet has been born at Chester Zoo. Only 200 Visayan warty pigs are thought to be left in their native habitat in the Philippines, making them the rarest of all wild pigs.

Keeper Lucy Edwards said: “Visayan warty pigs are critically endangered and face an extremely high risk of becoming extinct in the wild [...] It really is a battle against time to save them".

Chester Zoo welcomes new addition to the pig community. Credit: Chester Zoo

Chester Zoo was the first in the UK to welcome Visayan warty pigs, a species that gets its name from three pairs of fleshy warts on the boar's face. The sex of the pig is yet to be determined.

The Visayan warty pig has yet to be named. Credit: Chester Zoo
Visayan warty pigs are incredibly rare, with only 200 left in the wild. Credit: Chester Zoo