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.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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