Polynesian piglets join the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore

Orville and Wilbur haven’t heard the phrase, “when pigs fly.”

With names that nod to the Wright brothers, the two KuneKune pigs are the newest additions to Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. The 5-month-old piglets have joined the Farmyard area at the zoo in Druid Hill Park.

With short snouts and round, hairy bodies, KuneKune pigs can grow to weigh between 200 and 300 pounds. Their breed, native to New Zealand, is named for its stature; “kunekune” means “fat and round” in the Maori language.

The pigs are housed in the zoo’s Farmyard section, where their enclosure includes a grassy area and mud wallow. The Farmyard is also home to the zoo’s sheep, alpacas, cows, chickens and goats.

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