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Good news: The dwarf pig population has escaped extinction and is returning to the wild. The dwarf pig reaches a height of 25 cm and weighs no more than 10 kg



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The smallest species of pig in the world has survived extinction and is returning to the wild

Good news: The dwarf pig population has escaped extinction and is returning to the wild.

The dwarf pig reaches a height of about 20 cm and weighs no more than 10 kg.

Conservation Project Manager: "That was my goal in life. To save this species."

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Reaches a height of 25 cm and weighs no more than 10 kg.

(Photo: ShutterStock, By Yvdalmia)

The dwarf pigs, which are the smallest pigs in the world, are returning to the ecosystem in the Indian state of Assam, 130 pigs have been released back into the wild as part of a conservation project designed to save them from extinction.

The tiny pigs look really small compared to the wild boars (which are well known to Haifaites) that reach a weight of 100 kilograms.

On the other hand, the dwarf pig reaches a height of about 20 cm, a length of about 50 cm on average and weighs 6-9 kg. - and is also really cute.

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The dwarf pig survived extinction (Photo: Official Website, Pygmy Hog Conservation Program)

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The species was first discovered by Western scholars in 1847 but in the 1970s it was estimated that the species was extinct.

The dwarf pig was rediscovered in the 1970s, when in the 1990s they were taken for breeding in a conservation project designed to increase the animal population and prevent their extinction.

The pigs were raised in captivity before being released into the wild in Assam, a country in northeastern India, National Geographic reports.

Thanks to conservation efforts, it is now estimated that there are about 300-400 of the dwarf pigs in the wild, with another 76 living in captivity and destined for later release.

It is currently estimated that there are about 300-400 of the dwarf pigs in the wild (Photo: Official Website, Pygmy Hog Conservation Program)

The story of the dwarf pig:

Between 2008 and 2020, 130 dwarf pigs were released into the wild, some in the Manas and Orange National Parks, and some in the Bernadi and Sonai Doctors National Nature Reserves - all located in Assam.

Poppy Thin, director of the Dwarf Pig Conservation Project in Guwahati, said: "It is very important to me to continue to save this species from extinction. We all need to look for a purpose in life. When I started taking part in this project I realized it could be my goal."

Daka added that the project intends to release another 60 pigs to Manas in the next 5 years.

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