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The javelina, or is it?

The name of this orphan has caused some confusion. Our neighbour Pablo, whose son stumbled on the baby during a hunting trip in the hills, calls it a javelina. In fact javelina is another name for a peccary, a medium-sized hooved animal, part of the pig family. But the new occupant of the vacant hen house looks more to me as if it is a wild boar piglet, the clue being its distinctive stripes which have faded over the last two to three weeks as it has grown.

I suspect the confusion has arisen because the peccary/javelina is often kept as a pet or raised on farms as a source of food. Needless to say, Pablo had his family have no plans to eat their javelina which at the first opportunity is out of his pen and into the house. Cheeky and curious, when missing he is apparently found most often underneath the bed. No word on their plans for him when he is older!

5 to remember
un huérfano – an orphan
la confusion – the confusion
talla media – medium-sized
enganchado – hooved
distintivo – distinctive


Collins Photoguide: Complete Mediterranean Wildlife [UK: Collins]

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Muddy footprints

One day in March, after the rain, we went tracking: wild animals. Dramatic? Well it is the only time we are actually aware of the presence of wild boar in the valley. We don’t hear or see them. The only presence we see is footprints, in the mud, after the rain. We followed these footprints so far, but found nothing… the mud was, dry, the animal long gone. wild boar footprint1 10-3-14The males are solitary animals outside the breeding season, so that explains why we only ever see the tracks of a single boar. Females and piglets though stay together in groups of up to 20 animals including two or three sows. They rest during the night and day, foraging in the early morning and late afternoon, and sometimes at night. We do see local hunters striding the olive groves with the rifles, but according to our neighbour the number of wild boar in the valley has almost disappeared compared with when he first bought his summer house here 30 years ago. wild boar footprint2 10-3-14Wild boar are scavengers and will eat almost anything, including grass, nuts, berries, small reptiles, carrion, insects, roots, tubers, rubbish and even the nests of ground-nesting birds. wild boar footprint3 10-3-145 to remember
un animal salvaje – a wild animal
dramático/a – dramatic
la presencia – the presence
una huella – a footprint
solitario/a – solitary