These unique pigs are descended from animals released on the subantarctic Auckland Islands in the 19th century to provide food for shipwrecked sailors. They have recently become international pin-ups for bioprospecting. Isolated from people and other pigs for a long time, they are the only pigs in the world with cells that can be used to help provide a cure for type-1 diabetes in humans. Now bred in a specially-built multi-million dollar centre in Invercargill, they are used to produce medicines for sale worldwide.
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