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Boar is exotic animal at zoo

Posted: February 24, 2013 at 4:02 a.m.

“Exotic species” are different in Afghanistan. For example, the Kabul Zoo is home to what’s thought to be the nation’s only captive pig, really a big boar. Pork is haram, or forbidden, in Islam, hence the lack of domestic swine.

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