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6-week-old warthog piglets make their public debut at Zoo Miami

Four warthog piglets born June 20, 2017, made their public debut alongside their parents Tuesday at Zoo Miami.
Four warthog piglets born June 20, 2017, made their public debut alongside their parents Tuesday at Zoo Miami. Photo provided to the Miami Herald

Four baby warthogs spent Tuesday morning eating fresh vegetation, rutting around in soil and exploring their new digs.

It was the first time the 6-week-old piglets were allowed to join their parents in Zoo Miami's public exhibit.

Born June 20, 2017, the three boys and one girl have been kept behind the scenes with their 3-year-old mother Erica and 3-year-old father Beebop.

Warthogs, which were made popular by Pumba, a starring character in Disney's “The Lion King,” are mainly found in sub-Saharan Africa.

They are not naturally aggressive, but adults have large tusks that can protect them against threats in the wild.

The babies will spend their mornings on display for now until they become more comfortable, according to the zoo.

Carli Teproff: 305-376-3587, @CTeproff

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