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Ossabaw Island

Ossabaw Island

The Ossabaw Island is a breed of pig derived from a population of feral pigs from Ossabaw Island, Georgia, United States. The original Ossabaw hogs are descended from swine released on the island in the 16th century by Spanish explorers. The breed characteristics of Ossabaw Island hogs in both fenotype and genotype have been shaped by the pressures of feral life in an island habitat. They are very small and their size is partly due to the phenomenon of insular dwarfism.

 

Acrylic on a paper bag (McDonald's USA, 1989), 31 x 15 cm, 2018