4 warty pigs born in captivity

BY CARLA GOMEZ
Published in the Visayan Daily Star Newspaper on July 19, 2017

Four warty pigs were born recently at the Negros Forests and Ecological Foundation animal sanctuary at the South Capitol Road in Bacolod City, NFEFI president Paul Trebol Lizares said yesterday.


Amor with her piglets Maya, Anakin, Edward and Peppa*

The warty pig, also known as baboy talunon and Suscebifrons, is considered the most threatened wild pig species in the world, he said.

They are extinct in Cebu, Guimaras and probably Masbate, and are now found only on the remaining forest patches in Negros and Panay, he added.

Unique among wild pigs, they grow a long, floppy coarse mane during breeding season and shed it when breeding season is over, Lizares said.

The four piglets – two males and two females – named Maya, Anakin, Edward and Peppa – were delivered by a warty pig named Amor on April 21, he said.

Their father is a warty pig named Julio.

The piglets were adopted by four children who will be paying Php1,000amonth for their upkeep at NFEFI, Lizares said.

The adoptive parents of the piglets are the children of Mark Saunders of New Zealand – Natasha, 15 years old, Oliver, 12, William Saunders, 9, and Cosima, 6.

NFEFI offers interested persons an opportunity to become active participants in looking after the animals at its sanctuary by becoming an adoptive parent to an animal of their choice, Lizares said.

The cost of adoption is Php1,000 a month that is used for the care of the adopted animal, including feeding, supplements, veterinary care, enrichment and improvements in the animal's enclosure, he added.

Anyone can be an adoptive parent - it could be an individual, family, school, business, club or organization. Adoptions run for one year from the date of payment and can be renewed from year to year, Lizares said.

In return NFEFIwill provide an adoption certificate, fact sheet and photo of the adopted animal species, quarterly updating through email on how the animal is doing, a free pass to the sanctuary every time one visits, 20 visitor passes, and an acknowledgment plaque to be posted at the Center, he said.

“For some of our newer animals, the adoptive parents will have a chance to give them a name,” Lizares added.

Those interested in the animals may log on to www.negrosforests.org , he added.*CPG