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They reside on palm trees and serve as a mini-boss in the game. When Donkey Kong confronts a Coco Pig, it will hurl coconuts and chestnuts at him from the tree. If one of the projectiles hits him, Donkey Kong will lose beats (a heart in the New Play Control! version). Donkey Kong can deflect the objects with his Sound Wave Attack, punching one back at the palm tree. Once the tree is hit three times, it breaks apart and the Coco Pig is defeated, leaving behind five bananas. The various Goro Pig bosses act similar to Coco Pigs, and have similarly-structured names.
Coco Pigs first appear at end of the second level of Watermelon Kingdom, Desert Oasis and later appear in Cactus Mine and Asteroid Belt. Two Coco Pigs appear in both Aurora Glacier, and Magma Coliseum.
Coco Pigs appear to have sunburns on most of their bodies, with the areas not affected implying they sometimes wear clothing.
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