The Stamford Museum and Nature Center has some new guests.
“Came in Tuesday morning and saw all these babies running around.”
The Nature Center’s Heckscher Farm welcomed eight baby pigs, five girls and three boys, last Monday.
“They were actually born on the same day Princess Kate had the new prince, the royal prince,” says Victoria Marr, co-manager of Heckscher Farm.
An announcement of the birth, similar to the one outside of Buckingham Palace, was posted outside of the pig pasture.
“They’re our new royal piggies,” says Marr.
Marr says it has been seven years since piglets were born at the Nature Center. The older female pigs, Pippa and Lulu, arrived at Heckscher Farm in 2011 just a few months after being born.
“This breed is a Guinea Hog and they’re actually an endangered farm animal so there are really low numbers, so we’re happy just to be increasing their numbers with our breeding program,” says Marr.
Marr says the Guinea Hogs are great for educational farms.
“They’re really easy to teach around, we can do a lot of handling with them, they love belly rubs, they’ll actually fall over for belly rubs, and they’re just a fun breed to have around,” she says.
“A lot of people don’t know that pigs are very intelligent,” says Marr. “We had actually trained the mothers, when they were a little bit smaller, to sit.”
The newborn pigs have not been named yet. Marr says the Nature Center welcomes suggestions from visitors.
“We’re going to wait until they get a little bit bigger so we can tell them a part a little bit easier,” she says.
Marr says the Nature Center will be looking for permanent homes for the piglets.
“We don’t have enough room to keep them all unfortunately,” she says. ”But we’ll find homes for them and the moms will be here and hopefully have some more babies next year.”
The piglets will be at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center through mid-October.