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Rare Domestic Pigs Make Debut At Queens Zoo

Trio Of Mulefoot Hogs To Live In Safety At Queens Zoo
Rare domestic pigs make debut at Queens Zoo. (credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS)

Rare domestic pigs make debut at Queens Zoo. (credit: Julie Larsen Maher © WCS)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Three not-so-little piggies have a new home in Queens.

The Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo is now home to the trio of mulefoot hogs, a breed of domestic pig that is classified as critically rare by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

The mulefoot is different from other pig breeds because they have single, non-cloven hooves that resemble those of a mule — hence their name.

They are no longer commonly bred by farmers — making them rare.

The hogs are all females and have coarse black coats typical of the breed. They can be seen at the zoo’s farm.

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