A male is known as a BOAR, a female is known as a SOW and a baby is known as a PIGLET. A group is known as a DROVE. The Kune Kune pig, originally kept by the Maoris in New Zealand, are friendly hairy pigs born in a variety of colours. It is a firm favourite among pet owners, due to its placid friendly nature and love of human company. Small scale pig breeders enjoy its ease of management and its ability to thrive on grass. An interesting feature is they have a pair of tassels under their chin called Piri Piri.
They have a medium to short head with either pricked or semi lopped ears. Because of their small size they don’t cut the land up as much as larger pigs. They have litters of 2 to 12 piglets. Each piglet returns to the same teat each time to suckle from its mum, this is how a “RUNT” is made. Each teat produces different amounts of milk.
ORIGIN: New Zealand.
LONGEVITY: May live 10 to 15 years.
WEIGHT: They weigh around 200 pounds.
SIZE: Can grow 24 to 30 inches tall.
DIET: They are grazers rather than foragers. They eat fruit and vegetables too.
GESTATION: 3 months 3 weeks and 3 days. Litters from 2 to 16 piglets.
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