The Bornean Bearded Pig (Sus barbatus) is a medium-sized ungulate (hoofed) mammal. It is endangered, with the species protected in some zoos around the world. The photographed pig is from the London Zoo.
The Bornean Bearded Pig has a dark-grey barrel-shaped body with a tassel, or tuft, on its tail. Its face has a prominent whitish beard of coarse hair. It has short legs and drooping ears and a blunt snout (nose).
It measures about 60 centimetres (24 inches) in length.
The Bornean Bearded Pig is native to southeast Asia, in Borneo, Sumatra, and the Malay Penisula. It prefers rain forests and mangroves.
It eats grass and vegetable matter.
The Bornean Bearded Pig lives in families. The male is called a boar and the adult female is called a sow. The female gives birth to about 7 young, called piglets.
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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