Two male warthogs, born March 22 to proud parents Kumari and Kajani at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, are up and around and acting just like the little pigs they are.
"They're cute," insists Mike McClure, the zoo's general curator, well aware of the warthog's reputation for being ... well, pretty darn ugly. "They already have teeth; they already have their fur coats. They look just like miniature pigs."
The two piglets were discovered by zoo personnel at 4 a.m. March 22. These are the first babies for 5-year-old Kumari, who has been at the Maryland Zoo since she was a young warthog herself. She is, by all reports, taking to this mothering thing just fine, nursing the piglets regularly and keeping an eye on them.
"Mom is doing it all herself, and it's beautiful," says McClure.
At their first weigh-in on Tuesday, the as-yet-unnamed babies weighed a little more than three pounds each. They will remain out of public view for at least the next several weeks, McClure says, while staff baby-proof their enclosure in the zoo's African Journey section, near the Giraffe Feeding Station.