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Babirusa piglet and mother

Piggy is proving to be a great mom!

On Saturday, August 4, two-year-old Piggy delivered Java, the first north Sulawesi babirusa ever born at the Zoo! His dad is Meru, who is also two years old.

Despite his very young age, Java’s personality is shining through. The keepers say he’s remarkably gentle and inquisitive, much like his parents.

Java will remain behind the scenes for a few weeks, but you can follow his progress on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

North Sulawesi babirusas, found in forests on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, are deemed vulnerable to extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Nature due to habitat loss and human hunting. Adult males are known for tusks that pierce through the skin and curve toward the back of the head.