Rare woolly pigs – or sheep pigs –have been brought to the Essex Zoo to breed, to help stop the rare animals going extinct. They are officially known as Mangalitzas and are native to Austria and Hungary, but do have a genetic link to the Lincolnshire curly coat, which roamed British fields until they went extinct in 1972.

Rare woolly pigs – or sheep pigs –have been brought to the Essex Zoo to breed, to help stop the rare animals going extinct. They are officially known as Mangalitzas and are native to Austria and Hungary, but do have a genetic link to the Lincolnshire curly coat, which roamed British fields until they went extinct in 1972.

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Woah! What?! - Mangalista Pig - Trend Watch: Chefs Are High On the Mangalitsa Hog

Woah! What?! - Mangalista Pig - Trend Watch: Chefs Are High On the Mangalitsa Hog

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This week's Rare Breed of the Week is the Mangalica pig, also known as the "sheep pig" due to its thick wooly coat similar to that of a sheep! Once on the verge of extinction, this beautiful breed was revived in the early 1990s by a series of breeders. It is now the only surviving pig breed noted for its long coat.

This week's Rare Breed of the Week is the Mangalica pig, also known as the "sheep pig" due to its thick wooly coat similar to that of a sheep! Once on the verge of extinction, this beautiful breed was revived in the early 1990s by a series of breeders. It is now the only surviving pig breed noted for its long coat.

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