Wild pig finds new home among the bovine (+video)
In Germany, a wild pig has adopted a herd of cows. How often does that happen?
(Markus Scholz/dpa via AP, file)
A wild pig in Germany has decided to give up its "boaring" life — leaving the forest to live with a small herd of cattle.
Farmer Dirk Reese told the dpa news agency Monday the boar, which he nicknamed "Banana," has been living with the eight cattle for more than two months on his property north of Hamburg, not far from the Danish border.
Reese says Banana has been effectively adopted by the cattle — "He's fully integrated into the herd, which is fascinating."
Reese says Banana has achieved something of a celebrity status in the area, so he's not worried that the boar's life in an open pasture might make it easy prey for a local hunter.
He says that "this pig has a special status."
Interspecies adoption, while relatively rare, often occurs when a mother adopts a stray – or two. For example, earlier this year a Dalmatian dog, named Lady, adopted kittens, according to the owner Jenny Pogue, who posted a YouTube video of the event.
And there was another recent case of canine compassion in Jasper, Ga. Mary, a Beagle mix, was pregnant when she arrived at the Animal Shelter of Pickens County. Shortly, after giving birth to her litter of puppies she allowed three kittens that were dumped at their doorstep to join the litter.