Pig breed which nearly went extinct introduced at Puxton Park

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 December 2017

Animal keeper Joe Huntly with Mildred. Picture: Puxton Park

Animal keeper Joe Huntly with Mildred. Picture: Puxton Park

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An unusual long-haired breed of pig which was nearly extinct 20 years ago has been introduced to a North Somerset tourist attraction.

Mildred, a three-year-old Mangalica pig, has been welcomed to Puxton Park.

The breed originated from Hungary, and boasts a curly, woolly coat similar to sheep.

It is the only breed of woolly pig left after the extinction of the Lincolnshire curly-coated variety in the 1970s.

Animal keeper, Joe Huntly, said: “Mangalian pigs were developed in the 19th century by crossbreeding Hungarian breeds with European wild boar and the Serbian Sumadija breed.

“The mangalica was nearly extinct in the 1990s, when 198 remained but a dedicated project helped to save them.

“Today, there are 50,000 Mangalica pigs, making them a limited breed, therefore we are delighted to have re-homed Mildred, who will be incorporated into our animal interaction experiences.”

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