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Wild boar

Cumberland Wildpark Grünau
Grünau, Austria
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The wild boar is the ancestral form of the domestic pig. It is predominantly crepuscular and nocturnal. During the day wild boars lay in dens coverd with branches, leaves and grass, so-called "cauldrons", in the thicket. They love mud baths and are usually covered by a thick layer of mud, which protects them from insects and has a cooling effect on hot days. Wild boars are extremely short-sighted, but have a much better hearing and an excellent sense of smell.

Species name: Boar
Scientific name: Sus scrofa
Class: Mammals
Order: Cloven Hoofed Animal
Family: pigs
Weight: Boar to 250 kg
Characteristics: Massive body, large head (1/3 of the body length), thin tail with tassel, furry ears always upright, bristly hair dress in summer only silver-gray, in winter brown-red-black.
Life expectancy: approx. 27 years
Enemies: Wolf, Bear, Lynx
Mating season: November - January; Main time in December "noise time" Litter size: 4 - 12 piglets
Gestation period: 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days
Food: Omnivorous, rooting in moist areas for seeds, tubers and roots, acorns and beechnuts, mice, fallow deer and ground insects

Did you know, that ...
wild boars are very fast runners, skilled jumpers and also excellent swimmers?