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New Guest Animals "Hogging" Lots of Attention at Tallahassee Museum

Tallahassee Museum

Many families enjoy ham during the holidays. The Tallahassee Museum has its own variation on that theme in the form of its latest guest animals.

The creatures are a pair of Red River Hogs, which are native to West Africa. Besides being red, Animal Curator Mike Jones says they also have elaborate black and white facial markings.

“And when they’re little they have spots and stripes. A lot of wild hogs have spots and stripes,” he noted.

These pigs came from the wildlife preserve in Catoctin, Maryland near Baltimore. Jones is hoping a Florida vacation might spark some “piggy romance.”

“We have had animals in our guest animal exhibit that didn’t breed at their home institution and they came here and bred, so maybe that will happen with these guys.”

Jones said the two Red River Hogs will be at the Museum through March.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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