Animal Friend of the Week: Kunekune Pigs

Enjoying the sun

The kunekune /ˈknɪknɪ/[1] is a small breed of domestic pig from New Zealand. Kunekune are hairy, with a rotund build and may bear wattles (or piri piri) hanging from their lower jaws. Their colour ranges from black and white, to ginger, cream, gold-tip, black, brown and tricoloured. They have a docile, friendly nature, and – like the pot-bellied pig – are now often kept as pets.

Wikipedia – Kunekune

In the wild

DOC: Rare

Not much is known about how Kunekune came to New Zealand, but we think they were brought from Asia by whalers or traders. Maori gave them their name, which means ‘fat and round’.

By the 1980s, only an estimated 50 purebred Kunekune remained. They have since recovered into the thousands due to a well organised breeding programme, and today there are breed societies in both New Zealand and the United Kingdom. 

Wellington Zoo

Animal Friend of the Week Challenge Logo-

I want to showcase our animal kingdom.  It runs from Tuesday New Zealand time and is weekly.  You can join in anytime at all over the week.  You can post your furry friends (babies), wild animals, birds, insects and butterflies.  Even reptiles are welcome.

Just use this logo and link back to this blog.

I look forward to seeing all the different animals around the world

Thanks for visiting.

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