Do you know that there are around two billion domestic pigs in the world? That’s about 1/3 of the world population. If all these pigs are affected by swine flu – the result will be a very devastating worldwide disaster.
Domestic pigs are also by far the most numerous pig species on the planet. This article is focused on species of pigs rather on breeds of pig although two breeds are included on the list. For a while, forget all about the Flu Pandemic and see some of the most unique and peculiar-looking pigs in the world.
Bearded Pigs (Sus barbatus)
These animals are weird-looking. The Bearded Pig also known as the Bornean Bearded Pig of Southeast Asia can be easily recognized by its prominent beard ant its tail that has tassels. This species can be found in the rainforests and mangrove forests of Sumatra, Borneo and eastern part of the Philippines. It is known that it can reproduce from the age of 18 months and can be cross-bred with other species of Suidae family. Some species of Bearded pigs are being exhibited on zoos in the US and Europe.
Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus)
This creature is scary. The wild and ferocious-looking Warthog or Common Warthog of Africa range in size from 3 to 5 ft long and 50 to 150 kg in weight. Warthogs grow up to 1.5 meters or 5 feet long and up to 150 kg or 330 pounds in weight. A Warthog is recognizable by the two pairs of tusks protruding from the mouth, which are used as weapons against predators. The upper canine teeth can grow to 9 inches or 23 cm and will curve 90 degrees or more. The tusks are used for digging, for combat with other hogs, and in defense against predators-the lower set can inflict severe wounds.
North Sulawesi Babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis)
Look carefully at those tusks. The bizarre-looking North Sulawesi Babirusa has two pairs of large tusks composed of enlarged canine teeth. The upper canines penetrate the top of the snout and curved back toward the forehead. This unusual pig-like animal is endemic to Sulawesi and Lembeh Islands in Indonesia.