The Toronto Zoo announced the latest additions to their massive exotic animal family on Friday morning and they're absolutely adorable. The Toronto Zoo's red river hog, Tisa, gave birth to two little hoglets a couple of weeks ago, on February 17th. It's the first litter for Tisa and her mate, Sir Philip Pigglesworth III.
The hoglets have yet to be named, like the Toronto Zoo's newborn Grevy zebra. The little Grevy zebra foal, a boy, is still waiting for the public to vote and give him his name. The overwhelming majority has voted to name the little guy Obi, a Star Wars-themed name just like the rest of the zoo's zebras. The Grevy zebra family is especially important to the Toronto Zoo, as it's classified as an endangered species.
The Toronto Zoo shared a video of the hoglets with mama Tisa on Friday morning. The timing couldn't be better, as we just rang in the Year of the Pig on the Chinese zodiac. It also happens to be National Pig Day today, so the new hog family of four is definitely in the spotlight today.
Happy #NationalPigDay! 🐽 We have news that’s kinda a pig deal... Our red river hog Tisa gave birth to a litter of two hoglets on Sunday February 17. This is the first litter for Tisa and Sir Philip Pigglesworth III. #TwoLittleHoglets #YearOfThePig pic.twitter.com/tNst8aX5cF
These legs take some getting used to! 🦓 Our zebra foal and mom Tori continue to do well and are staying cozy in their indoor zebra habitat. Please note they will not be viewable until Spring 2019. #BabyStripes pic.twitter.com/Caw0PwjuSo
The red river hog is a rainforest animal that dwells primarily in Guinean and Congolian forests, savannas and swamps. They're also known to congregate in human villages, according to the Toronto Zoo. They have leaf-shaped ears, a red bristly coat and a long white mane on their backs.
Months ago, the Toronto Zoo welcomed a baby Pygmy hippopotamus, also an endangered species. The Pygmy species resembles the hippo, but is significantly smaller. Which is what makes baby Penelope so irresistibly cute.
As for the newborn hoglets, we're certain that they'll get their own naming contest soon enough. And it's only a matter of time before they're big enough to make their public debut!