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Last Updated: Monday April 19 2010 11:58 GMT

In pics: Rare pigs which look like sheep

Mangalitza pigs

A really rare breed of curly coated pig is going to be bred for the first time ever at a zoo in Essex.

Mangalitza pigs

The black-coated one is male and he's called Buddy, and the other two are females. The white one is Porsche and the ginger one is Margot.

Mangalitza pigs

The three Mangalitza pigs arrived at the Tropical Wings zoo in South Woodham Ferrers just before Easter.

Mangalitza pigs

They look so much like sheep, that most people have no idea they're pigs until they get a close-up look at their faces and snouts!

Mangalitza pigs

Experts at the zoo reckon their woolly coat protects them from sunburn in the summer.

Mangalitza pigs

It's all part of a programme to make sure the breed doesn't disappear. It's thought Portia could be pregnant already.

Mangalitza pigs

One of the zoo workers said: "It looks like she may be. We'll have to wait to see if she gets any bigger, but fingers crossed it looks like she's pregnant."