Move Over Jon Gosselin! Hamton J. Pig Has You Beat!

Thu, 07/22/2010

BRIDGEPORT, Conn – Hamton and Jodie Plus Eight? Hamton and Olivia Plus Six? Either way you slice it – there has been a baby boom recently at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, at least where guinea hogs are concerned. Just days apart, both of the Zoo’s female Guinea Hogs, Jodie and Olivia, gave birth to litters of piglets. The Zoo’s lone adult male, Hamton J. Pig, fathered both litters. The 14 piglets, as well as their parents, are currently on exhibit at the Zoo. Visitors are invited to come to the Zoo to meet the rambunctious new additions to the Zoo’s family.

“Hamton has been quite the busy guy,” joked Zoo director, Gregg Dancho. “All of the piglets are doing well and spend their days eating, sleeping and playing with their siblings.”

The piglets range in weight from just under one pound to two pounds. When fully grown, Guinea Hogs may reach 100 to 300 pounds. They also are known as Pineywoods Guinea, Acorn eater, Guinea Forest hog, and Yard pig. According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), the hogs were once the most numerous pig breed found on farms in the Southeast but today there are fewer than 200. Guinea hogs are classified as critical, versus endangered, by ALBC and are unique to the United States.

The Zoo exhibits the Guinea Hogs in the New England Farmyard. The Zoo’s one male and two female Guinea Hogs came from Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita and Virginia Zoo respectively. Hamton and Olivia last produced a litter of eight in April 2009.

Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Adult admission (ages 12 & older) is $11.00, children (ages 3 -11) and senior admission (62 and older) is just $9.00, and children under 3 years old are free. Zoo members also are admitted free. Parking at the Zoo is free of charge.

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About Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo:
Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo features 300 animals representing primarily North and South American species. Visitors won’t want to miss our bald eagles, Amur (Siberian) tigers, ocelots, red & maned wolves, Andean (spectacled) bears, and golden lion tamarins. Other highlights include our South American rainforest with free-flight aviary, the prairie dog exhibit with “pop-up” viewing areas, the New England Farmyard with goats, cows, pigs, sheep and other barnyard critters, plus the hoofstock trail featuring bison, pronghorn, deer and more. Visitors can grab a bite at the Peacock Café, eat in the Picnic Grove, and enjoy a ride on our colorful carousel. For more information, visit