Detroit Zoo named its warthog piglets after ‘Game of Thrones’ characters

Warthog piglets are coming.

Mar 1, 2020, 2:52 am*

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Michelle Jaworski

The Detroit Zoo has been invaded by Westeros after debuting four of its five new warthog piglets who were named after Game of Thrones characters to the public.

Warthogs Linus, 5, and Lilith, 10, gave birth to the warthog piglets April 8—their third litter in three years. And there must be some fans of the HBO fantasy series among the staff, for they decided to name the female piglets Daenerys, Sansa, and Cersei and the male piglets Tyrion and Hodor.

Tyrion is the smallest of his siblings, giving a nod to his dwarf namesake. He’ll stay behind the scenes until he is big enough to join the group. There’s no word yet on whether Cersei is the most ruthless of the lot or if Daenerys has escaped to visit the komodo dragon exhibit at night.

But for now the warthog piglets are perfectly content following their mother wherever she goes, and the Detroit Zoo hopes that Tyrion will be able to make a debut worthy of a Lannister soon.

“We’re thrilled to have this new litter to add to our warthog family,” Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society, said. “Like all pigs, warthogs are smart and precocious and a lot of fun to watch running and rooting around in their habitat.”

House Lannister might want to change its House words to “Hear me squeal” after this.

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*First Published: May 28, 2015, 12:43 pm