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Wild boars have existed in human culture for thousands of years, and although they have often been ascribed divine status, they have always been eagerly hunted.

Many people consider wild boars to be pests. By burrowing into the ground, they can destroy crops, especially bulbous ones. They are found on all continents except Antarctica. They play a very beneficial role in forest ecosystems by loosening the soil, eating the larvae of insect pests, and eating sick animals. They are game animals and their meat is highly prized for its taste. They were domesticated thousands of years ago in China and the Middle East, and their descendants became domestic pigs.


The Eurasian wild boar is an invasive species. Its distribution area has changed over the years and has been closely related to human activities.


Wild boar is found throughout Europe and South Asia.

It can also be found in areas adjacent to the Nile River. It was introduced to the southeastern United States, Australia and Oceania.

The body length of a wild boar can reach 2 meters, although the most common individuals are 1,1 – 1,5 meters long. The height at the withers of these animals can reach 110 cm.


The most sensitive of the boar's senses is smell.

In addition, they also have well-developed senses of taste, hearing and touch.

Due to the position of their eyes, boars cannot clearly see what is in front of them.


Male boars can weigh up to 320 kg, females - 140 kg.


They inhabit areas with high forest cover, which is associated with the high availability of food and the ease of finding shelter.


Wild boars are often found in urban areas, where they feed in garbage cans and landfills.


Wild boars are omnivores.

They feed on acorns and beech nuts, which form the basis of their diet. This is a food rich in carbohydrates, which allows wild boars to accumulate fat reserves needed in winter.

They also feed on earthworms, insects, rodents, bird eggs and fungi. They also eat leaves, twigs, bark and shoots of plants. Wild boars also eat carrion. They burrow into the ground in search of food, often causing extensive damage to parks, lawns and agricultural fields.


We call a male boar a wild boar.


We call a female boar a sow.


A young boar is called a weaned boar, and a weaned boar with a distinctive striped coat is called a striped boar.


The domesticated form of wild boar is the domestic pig.

It is not known exactly when wild boar was first domesticated, but it is estimated to have been 11 years ago. The subspecies of domesticated wild boar are the European wild boar and the Asian wild boar.

Wild boars live in herds consisting of family members.

Such a herd is called a flock and usually consists of several to a dozen individuals.

Wild boars reach sexual maturity between 8 and 20 months of age.

Their mating season usually lasts from 108 to 120 days. Usually 3 to 4 boars are born in a litter.

At the beginning of the 15th century, the wild boar was considered a pest in Poland and was not subject to protection.

This caused wild boar numbers to decline in the 30s to around 16.

In 2006, the wild boar population in Poland increased to approximately 177 individuals.


A boar's den is called a log.

Wild boars make nests in groves and thickets. Summer ones have no lining, while winter ones are lined with dry grass, mulch or branches.

Wild boars are hunted by many predators, including bears, wolves, crocodiles, snakes and large cats. However, the greatest threat to these animals is people.


There have been cases where wild boars killed bears in self-defense.


The wild boar was exterminated in Great Britain in the 17th century.


Boars appear in most of the mythologies that originated in their habitat.

In Babylonian mythology, it was considered a messenger of the gods and its meat could not be eaten on certain days. He was associated with both the Sun and darkness.

In Greek mythology, the boar symbolizes Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Hermes and Poseidon.


In Hinduism, Vishnu takes the form of a boar.


The Polabian Slavs created a myth about a large boar, whose rolling in the mud was supposed to portend war.


The boar was the symbol of King Richard III, the king of England who reigned from 1483 to 1485.

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