New baby warthogs get ready for Oakland Zoo debut

June 7, 2016
In this June 6, 2016 photo provided by Steven Gotz newly born baby warthogs appear at the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, Calif. Zoo officials say the piglets are beginning to explore their surroundings. (Steven Gotz Photography via AP)

The Oakland Zoo has welcomed two litters of baby warthogs and will soon put the seven piglets on display.

Zoo officials say the are beginning to explore their surroundings under the watchful gaze of their moms.

The facility acquired two female warthogs, Frenchie and Alice, from East Coast zoos in 2013. It took a little while, but officials say the male warthog, Simon, has proven himself quite a catch.

Both female warthogs gave birth last month.

The two litters are being kept apart from one another and from Simon. Frenchie and her litter will be on first, followed by Alice and her piglets.

Meanwhile, Simon will be kept in an area enhanced with a new mud wallow to keep him busy.

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