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Ossabaw Island Hog

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The basics:
The Ossabaw Island Hog is a feral breed of pig which descended from domesticated swine brought by Spanish settlers to North America in the 1500's. According to the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "Recent DNA analysis suggests that the Ossabaw Island pigs came from the Canary Islands, an important stop by the Spanish and Portuguese explorers en route to the New World." For several centuries, the Ossabaw Island Hog has been found only on Ossabaw Island, off the coast of Georgia near Savannah.

The current status of the Ossabaw Island Hog is listed as “critical” by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, a non-profit organization which works to conserve historic breeds and genetic diversity in livestock.

Appearance / health:
The Ossabaw Island Hog is typically black, though it also can be found with black with white spots or light with black spots.

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