Daisy the kunekune
What a joy it was to recently be in the company of Daisy the kunekune pig. I was able to feed her, brush her and spend time watching and enjoying her antics. She was docile, very friendly and had a particular penchant for crispy apples. It was just great hearing and seeing her chomp on them, with all the juice running down her chin.
The kunekune is a breed of domestic pig from New Zealand. They are hairy with a rotund build and like Daisy, may have wattles (piri piri) hanging from their lower jaw.
Her human companions reckon Daisy to be around 12 years old and she stands 60 cm high.
The domestic pig is a large, domesticated, even-toed ungulate that traces its ancestry to the wild boar; it is considered a subspecies of the wild boar or a distinct species in its own right. Their head and body length ranges from 0.9 to 1.8 m and adults can weigh between 50 and 350 kg . Compared to other artiodactyles, their head is relatively long, pointed, and free of warts. Even-toed ungulates are generally herbivorous, although the domestic pig, like their primitive ancestors, are omnivores... more