With all that facial hair, it’s easy to see why these swine are nicknamed ‘Bornean bearded pigs.’ But apparently, they didn’t get much hair anywhere else save for their tasseled tails. ‘These boars are thought to be the descendants of the pigs of Chinese visitors in the early centuries.
The visitors would come to harvest birds’ nests for birds’ nest soup. While they were here, their pigs either roamed or escaped,’ Thomas shares. ‘Over time, they have come to be a unique subspecies and live wild today.’ They live in groups and have a pack order much like that of dogs. They aren’t aggressive but they are pretty strong for their size.