Friday, 13 March 2015

Woolly Pigs

Yes, woolly pigs. Or more particularly, Hungarian Mangalitza pigs. And even more particularly, blonde, swallow-bellied, and red Mangalitza.

More photos from Wildpark Schorfheide, but I make no excuses because I just have never seen anything like the rare breeds they have there before. The Wildpark do seem to be going off-message here though. They say that they are breeding animals like ones that once roamed this region after the ice-age, but woolly pigs, though rare, were developed as a breed in Austro-Hungary during the nineteenth century. But I will forgive the Wildpark because these pigs are so damn cute!

There is a German expression for the Swiss Army knife: eierlegende Wollmilchsau, which translates roughly as an 'egg-laying wool and milk-producing pig', i.e. a fit-for-all-purpose farm animal. These pigs seem to be a step in that direction!

photos of woolly pigs by Andie Gilmour

photos of woolly pigs by Andie Gilmour

photos of woolly pigs by Andie Gilmour

photos of woolly pigs by Andie Gilmour

photos of woolly pigs by Andie Gilmour

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