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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Javelinas

A/Z Theme - Sights and Sites of Arizona

J - Javelina

I refer to Javelinas as wild pigs, but they are really collared peccary (not sure what that means, LOL). 

Here's a ceramic one outside a store in Sedona, Arizona.



Here's what they look like in "real" life (taken at Bearizona; see D).


When we first rented the house we lived in, in Prescott, before moving to Phoenix this past March, our property management lady said there would be javelinas possibly in the ravine below the house. I never saw one until this past January when they came to eat off a quail block we had left out for the quail. The javelina didn't stick around long enough for me to get my camera to get a picture of them.  I have heard them and saw evidence that they were around afterwards, but could never get a picture of them in our back yard so to speak.



Maybe this is why they get the name sometimes of wild pig because of the snout nose.


From what I understand, from talking to people, they are very protective of their young, so you don't want to mess with them or their young when they are around. They can be ornery at times. They have also been known to attack small dogs.  

People have seen them day and night up in Prescott, Arizona.  They can be in a group of more than two when seen.

Have you ever seen a javelina? Did you know what a javelina was before you came to visit today here?

48 comments:

TARYTERRE said...

Never heard of a Javelina. Scary looking if you ask me. Just saying.

Paula Kaye said...

I have never personally seen a wild pig. But Justin went hunting for them last year and I still have some of the sausage and brats in my freezer. I was surprised how good the meat was!

Elizabeth said...

The only time I've seen a javelina is at the zoo. We have wild boars in Oklahoma, but I don't think they are considered javelinas. Personally, I can't tell the difference, lol.

Weekend-Windup said...

It looks very scary. Is that thorns around their body...

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Pretty sure I've seen them on television a while back. But they were likely just called wild pigs.

Bob Scotney said...

I was admiring your header photo so much I nearly forgot to look at the javelinas. What an engaging animal even if it would look out of place in our garden unlike the native hedgehodge we see occasionally.

Natasha Duncan-Drake said...

I prefer the real ones to the pink ones - something about those pink ones is kind of demonic ;)
Tasha
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Seena said...

I was just reading a book called 'All pigs are beautiful' for my kids. So they are really excited to see these pics! :)
Thanks for visiting my blog.
Cheers,
Seena

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Aneeta said...

Never seen this animal before visiting your site. Very glad to have learnt something new today.
Aneeta from
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beyondtheflow said...

I really like the pink version. Very funny. I haven't heard of Javina's before but live in Australia.
Popping by from the A-Z Challenge.
xx Rowena

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I've heard of wild pigs and it's said they can be very mean. I'd say it's a good thing you never came up close and personal with one. Javelina must be a name custom to the area. I'd never heard of them called that before.

Liuba said...

For me they look adorable hehehe normal, cute animals :)

Maria Zannini said...

I've never seen a javelina up close, but I'm told they hunt them in west Texas.

Around us we have wild hogs which can be very destructive and dangerous.

Veronica Lee said...

Never heard of them before! I just love learning about new things from my visits to your blog, Betty.

Chatty Crone said...

I have seen a wild pig but have no idea if it is a javelina - and I have never heard of one either. Have to say the pink one is cuter!!!

Lynn Proctor said...

I surely did not know Betty- adorable ceramic!

Lynn Proctor said...

I surely did not know Betty- adorable ceramic!

joeh said...

I know they throw them in the Olympics and the event is part of the Decathlon.

Intense Guy said...

I've never heard of them until you mentioned them in your blog!

(Laffs at Joeh)

:)

jack69 said...

Interesting entry. I have never seen a Javelina. Wondering what 'kin' they are to the 'wild hogs' in the south and southeast.
AS always, it is fun at the BENCH!

Pat Hatt said...

Never even knew there were called that. I'd have just called them wild pigs. The pink will sure light up the night haha

Wendy said...

I enjoyed all the painted javelinas in Sedona but don't recall seeing any live ones. We have painted mermaids in Norfolk, Virginia.

Joanne said...

I heard they could be mean.

Bijoux said...

I have seen one at a zoo. When we did a rainforest hike in Maui, we were told there were wild pigs and we did see their footprints in the mud. I don't know what species they were, though.

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Never seen before
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Linda said...

I'd prefer meeting up with the pink ones! Only heard of them because of you. Surprisingly, hearing more about pet pigs lately.

T. A. Miles said...

I have never heard of one before, but they're kind of cute. :)

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Debby@Just Breathe said...

I had no idea that those roamed in Arizona! Looks like a wild pig to me too.

ShawnTe Pierce said...

I can honestly say that I have never heard of a Javelina before reading your post. If I saw one, I would have thought it was a wild pig.

Ruth said...

I would have guessed wild pig too. I went to brittanica.com and looked them up. Different skeletal and dental structure from a pig. It also has a scent gland on it's back that emits a musky odor and sometimes is called a skunk pig. Very interesting stuff. :)

Joy said...

Never heard of one before but those pink ceramic ones are a bit o my. :D

J is for Jungle Book

Patrick Stahl said...

Ooo, those are cool. I don't believe I've ever seen one or heard of one prior to just now.

Sarah Allan said...

What a funny-looking pig! I've definitely never seen one of them in person, but I'll bet they're neat to see roaming around.

Denise said...

Don't think I've ever heard of one. They sure look scarier than the deer I have to deal with.

Jerralea said...

I have never heard of javelinas before ... I like the name, but I probably would be afraid of the pig!

Mevely317 said...

I've never seen one 'in person' :) ... but like the bear, I'd love to try and get close. (Just once!)
A few years back, the GM at our sister property in Tucson reported that a couple little ones had fallen in the pool and drowned. Sad!

Lowcarb team member said...

Never heard of a Javelina ... until now.
Those pink ones are fantastic aren't they.

I think most animals and humans are understandably very protective of their young.

That's what I love about blogging - you never know what you are going to read / learn next.

Thank you

All the best Jan

Megan Whitson Lee said...

They are very cute! I think the real ones are cuter than the painted ones. They remind me a little of Australian wombats. Sort of...

shortybear said...

good share

lyndagrace said...

Nope, I've never heard of this animal. How perfect for the letter J.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I actually saw them in Hawaii on my honeymoon. They were on the golf course where we were playing. I tried to get close for a picture and they chased us back to our golf cart.

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Jo said...

Have heard of a peccary before. Never heard the name Javelina. Are they edible as are wild pigs?

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

I'd never even heard of a javelina before today! You learn something new every day, especially on blogs! :)

Sunni said...

Betty,

I also thought a javelina was a wild pig. I've heard the expression before but never saw one, except for maybe the zoo.

Sunni
http://sunni-survivinglife.blogspot.com/

The Brown Recluse (TBR) said...

I would have definitely thought I was looking at a pig! And as far as pigs go, it's kinda cute. lol

Melanie said...

I have never heard of a javelina before! If I've ever seen one, I probably thought it was a pig.

Ann Bennett said...

We got wild hogs. I would not want them to hang around because they are dangerous. I did watch a particularly large one stroll across my front yard. A bit disconcerting except for the fact they aren't keen to be around us either. So it's rattlesnakes I'll worry about.