Adorable Meishan piglets make history as they're first born in UK for 30 YEARS

The litter of eight Meishan piglets, with their long, floppy ears and wrinkled faces, made history when they were born in Dumfries two weeks ago.

Miep the Meishan pig stands proudly over her eight piglets (SWNS)

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Proud mother Miep the Meishan pig stands with her new adorable new brood - the first piglets of their kind to be born in Britain in 30 years.

The litter of eight Meishan piglets, with their long, floppy ears and wrinkled faces, made history when they were born in Dumfries two weeks ago.

The breed is popular in China, but has never been properly introduced on these shores.




Owner Linda McDonald-Brown hopes to see more of the cute piglets after her sow Miep gave birth to seven girls and one boy.

Linda, from Wigtown, Dumfries and Galloway, wants to import other boars from Eastern Europe to build a foundation Meishan family from which every pig in the UK will descend.


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She said: ‘We are really pleased with the birth. They are the first to be born in this country for about 30 years so it’s very exciting to be involved.

‘We went across to Holland to stay with a friend who also breeds pigs. We didn’t set out with the intention of buying anything but when I saw them I just fell in love with them and bought two sows then and there and later a boar.

‘I have never seen anything like them in my life.

‘They are really prolific breeders in China and are very popular because of their unusual appearance and fatty meat but for some reason they have never taken off here and I want to change that.’