Massive wild boar accepting a handout
Male boar insisting on respect
Since the Labor Day weekend is impending and most of you will be busy traveling or enjoying the oppressive heat of the outdoors before school starts, we will only publish one article about wild pigs this week. It shows how solid and massive real wild boar can become in their natural European habitat.
Moreover, the second short video demonstrates how a dominant boar is signaling his dominance and insisting on respect from the lesser boar by body language. Much of the life of male boar is spent sorting out dominance, defending it against interlopers, and searching for responsive sows, of course.
Here is a prime example of a massive wild boar following a trail of corn that lures him in front of the camera. Look at that dense coat of protective fur all over the guy. He can survive snow and cold weather with ease. But for now he is enjoying the handouts and his lush, green, swampy environment.
Can you tell whether it is a male or a female? Hard to say because of the thick, black coat of hair all over. But the animal has big tusks and we can reasonably assume that it is a male boar.
In California it is not easy to find such a great boar habitat all year round. Our climate is too hot and to dry for lush meadows and thick green growth like that to last much longer than spring or very early summer in most years. If you do, visit it frequently and you will eventually encounter feral pigs at ease right there.
The following video shows two massive wild boar interacting in dominance displays. Again, most of the potentially explosive action is signaled through body language. In terms of wild boar behavior, this effectively avoids a vicious fight and severe injuries for both boar.
Actual boar fights for dominance or the squabbles of sows over the best spots for their piglets can be terrifying affairs for the participants. Serious injuries and the life-threatening loss of blood is always a grave danger for both parties. The boar are smart enough to avoid them whenever possible. Most of the time, a showing of dominant behavior will see one party back down as the video of the two captive boar demonstrates.
Finally, photos of two boar fighting.
It shows essentially most of the moves that are characteristic for boar fights. Particularly, note how the two massive wild boar combatants are side by side brushing against each other, turning and twisting for position before the actual attack, and the slashing upward motion of the head.
Naturally, the upward slashing motion with the tusks is what causes the most severe injuries.
Foolish people accustomed to relatively docile domestic pigs ignore the razor sharp tusks and the vigorous slashing at their own risk. Most boar attacks on humans result in injuries to the legs and the blood vessels in them. Boar hunters know better. Watch an actual boar fight here.
Sows, on the other hand, can be equally dangerous. In fact, they are more aggressive and a greater concern because of their unconditional defense of their piglets. Never ever get between a sow and her young. If you do, you will regret it – unless you are good at climbing trees and stay on how to stay comfortable for a long time. The sow and her sounder might just decide to lay siege to your tree.