Seven little piggies

There were squeals of delight from keepers when they discovered seven adorable piglets in the farm barn.

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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 farm, after keepers introduced Poppy to resident micro pig, Harley.  

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Keepers have also decided on names for the newest additions and are delighted to introduce Little Ernie, Hamm, Chuck, Brian, Wilba, Dolly and Jemima.

Trainee Keeper, Clare Westwood, 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.

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“The babies are all doing really well and are growing quickly. They are certainly getting lots of coos from visitors.

“Although Harley seems to be a little bit jealous of all the attention they’re getting and keeps peeking over the stall wall so visitors know he’s there as well!”

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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.