The Buru Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) is a wild pig in the swine family. It is also known as the Hairy Babirusa, the Golden Babirusa, the Deer-Pig, and the Moluccan Babirusa.
The Buru Babirusa looks like a pig with golden-brown hair. The male has prominent upward, in-curving canine tusks. The tusks curve over its face and towards its forehead. Both the male and female have lower canines, which grow upwards, but the female has smaller canine teeth than the male.
It grows to about 80 centimetres (31 inches) tall. The male’s tusks can grow to 37 centimetres (15 inches) long.
It is native to the Indonesian islands of Buru, and the two Sula Islands of Mangole and Taliabu. It prefers tropical rain forests, river banks, and ponds with water plants.
The Buru Babirusa is omnivorous, eating a varied diet of leaves, roots, fruit, nuts, insects, worms, and small animals. It has strong jaws that can crack open nuts. It does not dig or root around for food like most wild pigs. Instead, it prefers to look for food in soft mud or sandy soil.
The female Buru Babirusa is pregnant for 150-157 days, before giving birth to 1-2 young, called piglets. The mother nurses her young for 6-8 months.
The Buru Babirusa lives, on average, for 24 years.
[Location of photographs: Berlin Zoo, Germany]
Photographer: Martina Nicolls
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