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Babirusa (Babyrousa babyrussa)

Posted on Jul 14, 2007 by in Ungulates | 0 comments

Babyrousa babyrussa
Number 0042

This fellow is a babirusa, a Malaysian wild hog whose Latin name means “pig deer.” See the top tusks? Well, those are his upper incisors, which curve up through the roof of a male babirusa’s snout and cross in front as they grow. The best guess as to why the babirusa has these tusks is that they protect his eyes from his fellow babirusa’s lower tusks. I also love how this guy’s common and Latin names together are the same name, spelled three different ways. I can think of several more ways to spell it that I might suggest they add in there.

The St. Louis Zoo has a good page about babirusas.

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