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Piglet triplets get cuddly company

Jo Shirley, a keeper at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire, alongside three wild boar piglets Photo: PA Images

A cuddly toy is helping to keep three wild boar piglets company at a zoo where they are being hand-reared by keepers.

Four-week-old sisters Dotty, Hettie and Gertie, are being cared for by keepers at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire after their mother had an extra-large litter and was unable to give them the attention they needed.

Newborn wild boar piglets,at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire Credit: PA Images

Keeper Jo Shirley looks after the tiny triplets day and night, feeding them around the clock.

A cuddly toy sheep keeps them company in their enclosure when she is not around.

The trio will be looked after until they are strong enough to live on the Children's Farm at the zoo where they will join hand reared wallabies, llamas, silkie chickens, goats and donkeys.

Wild boar roam the oak forests and shrublands of Europe, Asia and north Africa.

The animals - which are the ancestors of farmyard pigs that have been domesticated for thousands of years - can run fast, swim well and eat just about any food.