Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A Perfectly Good Peccary.



Or is he a razorback pig?

Can you tell it's Large Trash Pick-Up Day again? This little marvel was laying by the side of the road atop a bunch of crap. FinnigantheCurious almost flew out of his car seat and through the windshield due to the slamming of the brakes when I spotted him.

What on earth could his story be? I immediately pegged him as a Peccary, aka, a Javelina, but perhaps he is a common swine?

Here's some information I found on the Peccary:

The Collared Peccary is the only wild, native, pig-like animal found in the United States.

It is also known as the Javelina, Tayaussa or the Musk Hog.

They are called Javelina because of their razor-sharp tusks, Spanish for javelin or spear.

You may smell a peccary before you see it.

The prickly pear is ideal food for the Collared Peccary due to its high water content.

Collared Peccary have poor eyesight and good hearing.

This species is vocal; several calls have been classified into three categories: aggressive, submissive, and alert.
(Clearly, mine is in the submissive category.)

Why on Earth, I ask you, would anyone throw out a perfectly good Peccary?
I think he is just hilarious and I feel fortunate that he now lives with us. I'll need to get to know him before I can name him.
Maybe I should run a contest.
Hmmm, what could the prize be?
I know! I know!
A can of SPAM.
If you're the winner and you live out of town I'll mail it to you. Promise.
Let the pig-naming begin!

8 comments:

  1. How about Porky or Spammy, but I guess those names wouldn't work if you are a vegetarian. Oinker or Javelina? Have you decided female or male or just neuter?

    By the way, WOW! Your house looks amazing! You guys seriously have vision. We miss our Austin friends and our "small house and a large garden.":)

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  2. Oh, I do like Pecos, Erica!

    Thanks, NoMasNinos, for the house compliments! I'm leaning towards male, but have no idea why. Where are you guys living now? Yep, we love our small house/large garden too.

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  3. We are still in Cali in SF Bay Area about 45 minutes from Santa Cruz, so we visit there A LOT. We hope to buy a house in the next year, or move back home to Austin. -Lizzette

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  4. Oh Lizette! I didn't know it was you! I still think of y'all every time I drive by your house here. How ARE y'all?

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  5. We are fine--still missing Austin and our wonderful friends and community. We can definitely do without the heat, though. I hear it's an inferno. Justin gives me updates. And here I thought he'd stop obsessing about Austin heat once we moved out. I tell him if you are going to complain about the heat there, we might as well be there. Right now we are fortunate enough to have jobs, so we are staying put even though we are having a hard time resisting Austin's draw. -Lizzette

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  6. Hi!

    I swear I'm going to make it by one of these days to say hi and let the boys play! :D Don't give up on me yet!! My vote for the javelina is Porcius. The Latin word for pig.

    Meesh

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  7. In case you miss my facebook message, I thought of: Porcinor. Get it? Por-Senior ?

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