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Two wild boar, male and female, rampage through town in northern Germany. The male bites off the finger of a pedestrian.
Two wild boar paid a surprise visit to Heide, a small town in northern Germany in October 2017. Soon after, the animals started to act aggressively attacking pedestrians at random. The police asked people to stay at home for safety reasons.
Nevertheless, the male boar managed to attack a pedestrian and partially bit off one of the fingertips of the hapless person. At least three other people were injured. First responders used a ladder to evacuate people from inside buildings after one of the boar entered a local shop.
Chased by police officers and the rifle-toting local hunting leaseholder, the boar sought refuge in a bank. However, the pursuers caught up with him before he could enter the bank. He was shot dead by the local hunter.
On the other hand, the sow, his companion, managed to escape in the confusion. Wild pig hunters and experts think she may have joined one of the local sounders. However, she and the male could very well have been members of one of these sounders.
The mating season of wild boar starts in fall and lasts during the winter months. During the rut, males are joining a sounder to service the females. In due time, wild boar try to separate a female in heat from other females and males that could become possible contenders for the favors of the female. Combat between males is rather common. These fights are bloody and fought to exertion though rarely lethal.
The scar and fatty tissues in the chest area of male wild boars are evidence of these fight for dominance or possession of a sow.
In addition, during the rut males are far more aggressive than at other times of the year. They see any other males as competitors that must be eliminated or at least driven away. This could explain why the two boars were so unusually aggressive.
Under normal circumstances, wild boar are rather shy and elusive. Wild boar hunters know that first hand. Who has not spend an entire weekend in the woods without seeing even a trace of a boar?
Thanks to their superb sense of smell, good hearing, and a well-organized watch system, the wild pigs know of a hunter’s presence long before he is aware of their presence. They use it to quietly slip away.
But why did the two boars enter a town full of people in the first place? I do not know. Maybe it was just accidental or the smell of some food delicacy attracted them. Yet, it could also be simpler than that.
It is possible that the male invited the sow to come and look at his collection of shiny, fresh acorn and sweet potatoes. Listen to a male wild pig offering to show his lady his priceless collection of acorn nuts.
The short grunts are from the male inviting the female to visit his home. Finally, the female has had it with her unwanted suitor and lets him know in no uncertain terms (at the end of the recording).
Sounds familiar, guys?
Be that as it may, the day in October in the town of Heide ended with one dead boar and one missing sow.