Wild Boar

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A male Wild Boar in the Forest of Dean. This was photographed a couple of years ago, and we haven’t really had a decent fall of snow since, so I’m hoping for more this winter. The snow doesn’t really hinder the Wild Boar in their search for food, and they certainly endure colder and more harsh conditions in other countries. In fact, rooting in the snow also has the added benefit of exposing food to birds that would otherwise be unable to reach it. A Robin can be seen in this photo waiting for the boar to move along, but in fact there were 5 or 6 Robins following this boar around the woods.

Wild Boar

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A Wild Boar piglet on a feeding foray in a stand of mature beech. This photo was taken a number of weeks ago, but this afternoon I enjoyed watching a group of three sows along with at least two litters of piglets feeding beneath the low canopy of the bracken. It was such a hot afternoon that when they reached a small pool of water, the adults simply led down in it to cool down. The piglets could barely keep their heads above the water but nevertheless they splashed about and cooled down in their own way.