A picture of a babirusa.

Babirusa

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The name babirusa comes from the Indonesian word meaning pig-deer. Babirusas are really skinny looking pigs — they are not deer.

A picture of a babirusa.

Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa) in the Toronto Zoo.

Babirusas are native to Indonesia. Although formerly they were considered to be a single species now different variations are recognized as separate species.

The babirusa in the picture is housed in the Indomalaya outdoor exhibit of the Toronto Zoo, right next to the Malayan tapir and the Indian rhinoceros.

A picture of a babirusa.

The same babirusa from a different angle.

I can only assume that it is a female, or a very young animal, from the lack of tusks. Male babirusas have very long tusks that curl backwards and if it is not worn down by the animal’s daily activity it can curl right back and pierce the animals own skull — kind of freakish.

Further Readings:

Babirusas can get impaled by their own teeth.
Sulawesi babirusa.
Babirusa on Wikipedia.

Last updated: July 3, 2014

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