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Zoo welcomes seven dwarves
10:10am Thursday 1st November 2012 in Local
THERE were squeals of delight from Dudley Zoo keepers when they discovered seven micropiglets had been born in the farm barn.
First-time mum, Poppy, has quickly taken to motherhood and is busy caring for the five boys and two girls.
The birth is also a first for the zoo, after keepers introduced Poppy to its resident micro pig, Harley.
Keepers have named the fourweek- old piglets Little Ernie, Hamm, Chuck, Brian, Wilba, Dolly and Jemima.
Curator, Matt Lewis, said: “Poppy is a first-time mum and we were worried how she would handle it, but she’s been absolutely brilliant and seems really happy.
“The babies are all doing well and are growing quickly.
“They are certainly getting lots of coos from visitors.”
Micro pigs are the smallest breed of pig and weigh just nine ounces at birth. Gestation is a precise three months, three weeks and three days.