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Babirusa piglets to debut at Audubon Zoo

The Audubon Zoo welcomed the birth of Ginger and Ivy, two Babirusa piglets, on Oct. 14, 2016. The Audubon Zoo welcomed the birth of Ginger and Ivy, two Babirusa piglets, on Oct. 14, 2016.
The Audubon Zoo welcomed the birth of Ginger and Ivy, two Babirusa piglets, on Oct. 14, 2016. The Audubon Zoo welcomed the birth of Ginger and Ivy, two Babirusa piglets, on Oct. 14, 2016.
NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -

Visitors to Audubon Zoo this week can get a first look at Ginger and Ivy, two Babirusa piglets born Oct. 14. The piglets are the third litter born at Audubon Zoo to mom Betty and dad Wrigley.

Ivy gets her name from the foliage which adorns the outfield walls of Wrigley Field. The baseball connection continues a Chicago Cubs theme at Audubon Zoo that started with dad Wrigley and continued with the two of the newborns' siblings - Clark and Addison - the names of two streets that intersect outside the iconic ballpark and home for the 2016 World Series champions.

The choice of Ginger is simpler: It's a favorite treat of the Audubon Babirusa family.

Wrigley was born at Audubon Zoo in Jan. 2005; Betty, originally from the St. Louis Zoo, was born in Nov. 2009. Clark and Addison, along with another sibling, Fig, are currently participating in breeding programs at other facilities.

"Many people don't realize that Audubon Zoo is one of the few facilities in the United States that exhibit these species, so our guests witness something rare when they visit our babirusa and watch these piglets grow.'' said Mandy Turnbull, the Asia Domain assistant curator at Audubon.

Babirusa are found primarily on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi north of Borneo. Even though babirusa are a protected species, they are threatened in the wild due to illegal hunting and habitat loss.

For the next few weeks, Ginger and Ivy will be adjusting to their new environment and may be outside for limited times until they settle in. 

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