I am very sad to have to tell you that Noelle the orphan wild boar is dead.
Last week (while I was away) some government wildlife officials visited our neighbours and told them that they could not keep a wild animal without a licence. Despite pleading for leniency they served notice that they would return in 2 days to collect Noelle and take her away to be slaughtered.
There followed two days of frantic searching for a way out. It was not possible to get the required licence in time and no zoos or animal parks wanted her. It was impossible to let her go, as she is so tame she would walk up to the first dog or human she met and soon be killed, or might even starve in the wild. Mrs Badger offered to hide her at our place but that was seen to be only delaying the inevitable.
So after many many tears and heart searching discussions late into the night, and hours before the government men came back, it was decided that there was only one option. No one wanted her to experience the terror of being taken away to some slaughterhouse. After everyone had said good bye to her (including me over the phone) Noelle was sent swiftly, painlessly and unknowingly to the hereafter by our neighbour. He had tears in his eyes I am told, and he a dedicated hunter with 20 years service in the Special Forces (if it is ever discovered who turned her in I think they might share a similar fate).
We all miss her, the dogs are looking for her and the place is not the same without her. It is hard and Noelle's 'mum' is still crying, but we are happy that she was saved the fate of starving in the woods as a tiny orphan and had the chance to enjoy for 6 months the most carefree happy, loving life a little boar could ever dream of.
So say goodbye to the little sanglier who thought she was a dog and charmed every other being she met in her short life. :-(
She did get big, I know you told us about the males, but how big or how much will she way when shes full grown?
Forever Grateful, Forever Dead,
they grow up so fast! She looks like a pretty contented sanglier. Stay away from those hunters, Noelle!
My she has grown. She has lost her baby stripes and now weighs over 30kg. She still likes to have her belly tickled as you can see in the picture. She begs for treats like a puppy and still hangs out with her hunting dog friends every day. She is going to get a dayglo waistcoat before the hunting season starts and maybe her own enclosure just to keep her safe on hunting days.
about the tie-dye... i would hate to see noelle on the dinner plate
we should get Noelle a tie-dye t-shirt.
To wear in the woods so hunters don't mistake her for one of those other wild pigs!
us metropolitan Suidae visitors may show up anyways... "right outside this lazy summer home"
and when we do, we'll sleep on your couch and eat your food, and quite possible root around in your garden with our snouts...
"and sometimes we visit your country and live in your home"
None of it is true anyway, I just dream it up and fool around with photoshop :-)
between wanting the whole world to know of the lovely Noelle and thinking Badger's village should remain in bucolic peace sans hordes of admiring visitors.
Is Noelle showing signs of being as smart as pigs are reputed to be, given half a chance?
Love the Noelle Tales and photos, keep em coming please, when you can.
It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine