WATCH: Baby Peccaries Enjoy Sunshine at Los Angeles Zoo

By Samantha-Rae Tuthill, Staff Writer
June 26, 2014; 10:02 AM ET
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The Los Angeles Zoo welcomed three new babies earlier this month. Triplet peccaries, or javelinas, were born in captivity to a set of first-time piggy parents.

Javelinas were once thought to be extinct until some were found in Paraguay in the early 1970s. As a result of habitat loss in Central, South and southern North America, as well as hunting, the species is critically endangered. Fewer than 4,000 are believed to exist today.

The species is adaptable to environments and are able to thrive in deserts and the rain forest. As a result, they may be less threatened by elements like the ongoing drought in the Southwest than other species.

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These baby javelinas are now able to be viewed in their zoo habitat. They are being raised by their parents, as well as an aunt and a grandmother at the zoo.

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