Friday, April 17, 2009

A Litter of Little Ones are Born at Zoo Atlanta

The pitter patter of piglets can be heard at Zoo Atlanta. Warthogs Vern and Shirley are parents to a second litter of piglets a year after the infectiously cute “Georgia P” was born. “We are excited about our new piglets, spring represents a new season and new babies for Zoo Atlanta” said Dennis Kelly, Zoo Atlanta President and CEO.

Shirley gave birth to a litter of five piglets (four males and one female) overnight Wednesday, April 15th. One male did not survive, and one male and female are being raised by staff. The other two are with Shirley however the Veterinary and Animal Management teams are monitoring them closely. “Infancy does carry some risk however I am confident that Zoo Atlanta’s Veterinary and Animal Management teams are providing excellent care,” said Kelly.

Found throughout the savanna of eastern sub-Saharan Africa, warthogs are not currently
endangered. Female warthogs usually give birth to one litter (average three or five piglets) per year after a gestation of five to six months. Piglets are typically weaned by the time they are six months old however they may remain with their mother until her next litter is born.

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