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"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: