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Wild Boar (Sus scrofa)

"A WILD BOAR stood under a tree and rubbed his tusks against the trunk. A Fox passing by asked him why he thus sharpened his teeth when there was no danger threatening from either huntsman or hound. He replied, "I do it advisedly; for it would never do to have to sharpen my weapons just at the time I ought to be using them."

The European Wild Boar, ancestor of the domesticated pig, is the largest of the present-day wild hogs - the males or boars sometimes reaching a height of 40 inches at the shoulder and a weight of 350 pounds. A male wild boar is armed with a pair of large sharp strong tusks, the upper canine teeth, which curve outward and upward, reaching a length of ten inches in old age. The female or sow bears litters of 3 to 12 striped young in a  nest hidden in thick brush.

Some facts concerning the Wild Boar:

  • The Wild Boar has a gregarious nature and is mainly woodland-dwelling.
  • Wild boar mainly feed on deer truffles, acorns, nuts, tubers, insects, earthworms and some carrion.
  • Vocalisations are very important, and wild boar are constantly grunting and chirruping to each other, and squeal when alarmed.
  • Wild boar are usually not dangerous and do not attack other animals and people. However, they can be very aggressive, especially females with young, or injured animals.
  • Wild boar are naturally timid and (normally!) run away at the sight of people.
  • Wild boar have a life span of between 15 and 20 years.

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