Animal of the day – 10/05/2010 – The Wild Boar

Wild Boar. I think he's happy. Wait no, there's a stick in his mouth. I think this guy is dead...

The animal of the day is the Wild Boar. (Did you know: This animal will eat your baby. Actually, this animal will eat it’s OWN babies! Yes, both wild boars and domestic pigs will eat any still-born, or sick piglets that dies after birth. They do this to protect the other young from disease, and to keep the nest free of maggots!

Hey! Did you know that pigs/boars don’t like onions! Which I think is hilarious, because pork chops taste delicious with onions!

AND, domestic pigs who escape will revert back to wild boars (growing back their thick fur and bristles, and males will grow back their tusks) within a generation!

Never mind me...Just keep on eating the grass...

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Laura
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 10:28:57

    aw! This smiling boar put a smile on my face…until I read the caption and noticed the stick. Oops. Still…he looks happy, so yay. And in the pic below, they both look very happy. Double yay. It’s crazy that they will grow back tusks and fur within a generation. Learn something new everyday on here!

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  2. D
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 10:55:06

    it’s wild how evolution works! They can go back to a completely different species (???) in simply one generation???!!! (Are pigs considered a different species than wild boar?)

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  3. simbania
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 11:41:53

    Pigs are technically a sub-species of the Wild Boar. Boars are called ‘Sus scrofa’, and domestic pigs are ‘Sus scrofa domesitca’. Very similar to jungle fowls being the ancestors of domestic chicken.
    Wild Boars and Domestic Pigs can mate and make viable young (viable meaning that the young can also reproduce), so they really are the same species.
    Domestic Pigs have lost the tusks and coarse hair due to selective breeding of wild boars, but it seems that the gene for ‘smooth hair’ and ‘no tusks’ is VERY recessive, so once a domestic pig hits the wild and mates with boars, it all comes right back.

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  4. the concept of insanity
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 09:15:54

    I love the pictures.
    I live near a farm where theres these little black boar like piggies
    one with huge fangs,and i have been near loosing a finger,upon feeding them.
    I have seen them running across a field,like a swat-team,keeping low,and running in pairs,while the rest stays behind to see how it goes.
    Very amusing sight.
    Thanks.

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  5. None of your business
    Jun 01, 2011 @ 14:49:27

    Uh the second picture is interesting…not. Maybe he is hibernating in the first picture and fell asleep while eating a sti-no he’s just dead

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