Six kune kune piglets born

02:13, Jul 22 2010
Kune kune piglets at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
PRECIOUS: A kune kune piglet at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.
Kune kune piglets at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Kune kune piglets at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.
Kune kune piglets at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
WELL-LOOKED AFTER: Kune kune piglets at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve with Head of Native New Zealand Area Nick Ackroyd.
Kune kune piglets at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
SAY HELLO: Jaana Ansett and son Charley Ansett, 3, meet the kune kune piglets at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve.
Kune kune piglets at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
PIGGY POSSE: Kune kune piglets at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
Kune kune piglets at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve
THESE LITTLE PIGGIES STAYED HOME: Kune kune piglets at Willowbank Wildlife Reserve

Hercules (Dad) and Minnie (Mum) have done Willowbank Wildlife Reserve in Christchurch proud by delivering six kune kune piglets.

Kune means ‘fat’ in Maori, so effectively there are now six tiny fat-fat pigs at the reserve.

Willowbank currently have four adult kune kunes, four juveniles and now the six piglets.   

The on-going breeding programme stems back to 1979 when Willowbank took in 16-18 wild kune kune for breeding stock.

They are fed at the reserve as domestic pigs but they would originally graze grass, as the kune kunes root very little because of their turned up nose.

Kune kunes can also be toilet trained – making them good pets.

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