Weekly Obsession: What a boar

Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 10:05pm

First things first, the hog needs a name.

The Porcine Terror of Percy Priest? The Cane Ridge Hog Monster?

Whatever it’s called, it’s a problem.

Folks along Daisy Lane down in Antioch are being downright terrorized by what residents describe as a “wild boar.”

Feral pigs, indeed, are a growing problem. The local Fox TV affiliate did a whole series on the Midstate’s growing Pumbaa Problem. It looked terrifying. That the series aired during sweeps, of course, should
not diminish our collective fright of being overrun by herds of interbred wild boars and domestic hogs. 

These piggies are not Wilbur. They are not cute. They cannot talk (not yet, at least — keep on eye on WZTV in, say, February, for an update). They are mean, and they will tear up your garden. You probably need to go to some sort of hunting school to protect yourself and your entire family, lest we all become servants of our new tusked and snouted masters. 

But for the most part, these wild hogs have kept their distance, confined to the suburbs and the ring counties. Lo, now they are in Antioch. 

Metro Animal Control has been out to Daisy Lane a handful of times to track down the swine described by neighbors as “hip height” and “weighing 300 pounds.” It has a face like a boar, they say, and the body of a pot-bellied, those precious piggies people keep as pets. 

In fact, Animal Control insists that the roaming beast is, in fact, a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig. The physical description supports that analysis — wild boars would hardly reach hip height on their hind legs and usually weigh in under 300 lbs., unlike the pot-bellied pig. 

Those Metro officials feel fairly confident that south Nashville’s Swine Terror is sui generis, just a pet with a propensity for escape. It’s unlikely to charge a human and doesn’t roll with a crew.

But folks in Antioch should keep a wary eye anyway. Animal Farm taught us all what it’s like when the pigs get organized.

 

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4 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 12/6/10 at 5:38

Reallllly Now! We have people that can't tell a wild boar from a pot-bellied pig?

By: AmyLiorate on 12/6/10 at 11:05

That boar is nothing. There are plenty of boors in Nashville causing all kinds of serious problems. And you can't even call animal control on them!

This boar could probably teach the boors a thing or two so I say let it keep roaming free.

By: navin_johnson on 12/6/10 at 2:47

Just leave them be, they'll be future UT cheerleaders soon.

By: richgoose on 12/6/10 at 3:13

I sometimes go out to Daisy Lane for a nice walk in this fine Antioch community. A couple of times I have seen these "wild pigs" and not once has there been effort to acknowledge even my presence. I had seen wild boars and wild pigs before and some pretty sorry humans in my day so I just kept walking.