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Baby Warthogs Born At Zoo Miami (PHOTOS)

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Just as the Arsht Center hosts Pumbaa, the singing warthog in Broadway hit "The Lion King," Zoo Miami welcomes four new warthogs piglets.

But that's not the first connection the local zoo's had to the Disney production. The film's animators visited Zoo Miami back in 1993 (when it was still called Miami Metro Zoo) and studied the resident animals as models for some of the characters in the film.

Below are the first images of the four baby warthogs, who were born on April 13 but have been shielded by their protective mother in the weeks since. Zoo Miami's Ron Magil snapped these shots as the newborns tussled, nuzzled and played on Friday.

Zoo Miami hopes to have the piglets on exhibit with their parents in time for Memorial Day weekend.

The zoo explains that warthogs are wild pigs native to Africa known for their large upward curving tusks and wart-like growths on the sides of their heads. They live up to 15 years and can grow as large as 250 pounds.

Click below for extremely adorable photos of these snouted, warted zoo babies:

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