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Endangered peccaries born at San Diego zoo

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - 01:05

July 2 -Three baby peccaries make their public debut at San Diego Zoo. Elly Park reports.

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These are the newest members of the peccary family at San Diego Zoo. The trio are Chacoan peccaries, a species of wild pigs native to the dry Chacoan region of South America. Known for their thick, dark hair and round snouts, they are the largest of the three living species of peccaries today. This behavior is known as frisky hopping and it's how young peccaries play and socialize. But they never wander far from their parents, who according to zoo staff are extremely protective of their young. SOUNDBITE: Barbara Letton, Senior Keeper, San Diego Zoo, saying (English) "They a lot of times will walk in front of the babies so you can't see them as well. They will stop and stare at anything that's strange and if they're feeling really nervous they'll get the whole family to run to the back of the exhibit." This species was believed to have been extinct until a population was found in the early 1970s. While still considered endangered an estimated 3,000 animals live in the wild.

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Endangered peccaries born at San Diego zoo

Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - 01:05