In Feb. 2021, a record-setting freeze hit Texas.
In the area near my home in Southeast Texas, we saw a tremendous amount of wild game movement seeking cover from the cold and water as most ponds and shallow canals were frozen.
On the second night of the freeze, I turned the corner off of a farm to market road heading toward my house. It was about 10 at night and I saw a larger boar (200 pound class) standing on the side of the road.
I slowed down, grabbed my phone and took this picture as it crossed the road.
This photo is taken about 1/4 mile from a high school. It’s only 1/2 mile from a neighborhood.
I’ve been talking about big hogs in suburban and urban areas for several years now. Well, here’s one that seemingly showed up in my neighborhood to say, “You’re right”.
What I noticed were the huge tusks.
By the way, here’s a dirty little secret about the tusks of boars.
When you see a boar mounted, the tusks are almost always pulled out of the jawline. Most of the tusk (2/3 or more) is in the jawline. So, when you see a mounted hog with five inch tusks, there were probably only two inches protruding the mouth.
This hog had 3.5-4 inches of tusks protruding from its mouth.
When I got home and looked at the pic, I noticed something unusual with the back left leg of the hog. It almost looks as if its deformed.
Is that a motion blur of some kind? That’s certainly possible and I’m leaning that direction with my opinion.
Or is there some kind of weird deformity or injury here?
What are your thoughts?
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