Monday, November 2, 2009

Wild Boar

The wild boar lives in the northern part of Africa. It lives in spacious woodland and wild grassland areas.The wild boar is pale grey to brown or black in colour with a thick hide with wide spaced bristles and some finer hairs, and tusks that are only on males. Length of body is 90 - 180cm, and weighs up to 50 - 200pounds. The boar can live for about 15 -20 years. The boars eating habits insist of roots, fruits, nuts, fungi, insects, amphibians, reptiles, small mammals, and birds. A wild boar searches for food mainly at dawn and dusk, rooting amongst the leaf litter and damp soil of open woodlands with its toughened snout. It has a keen sense of smell and will eat almost anything! Its main diet consists of plant material but it will happily gobble up any animals it can catch.The wild boar lives in a family group that has a territory of 10 - 20 sq meters. Family groups come together to form herds of up to 50 females and baby's (boys and girls). The group is known as a sounder, led by the oldest sow, and its members feed, rest and sleep together. The older male remains solitary, joining up with females in the autumn mating season. Once mated, he will once again live alone.Wild boars like to live near mud holes and puddles in which they will spend many hours. This wallowing is an important routine, helping to remove parasites and protect the sensitive skin from the sun's harmful rays. A boar's den is used for resting and sleeping. A boar often makes a shelter by cutting long grass and crawling under it to lift it so that it becomes entangled with the tall grasses and leaves around to form canopies.

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