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I am a part-time pet portrait and wildlife artist living in the deep dark forest between the Royal Forest of Dean, Herefordshire and the Welsh border. A beautiful and inspiring place to live and create pet portraits and wildlife art.
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Thursday, 21 January 2010

Close Encounter




At last, I've had a close encounter with some wild boar. About 10 or 12 ran in front of our truck as we went around a corner yesterday. What happened next was not what I expected at all, this group were all about 6 months old apart from 2 piglets and 2 older sows. The little ones went down over a bank but the rest stayed close to the ridge or even on the road and they watched us in the truck and they did begin to come closer to our vehicle, this all took a few minutes and they were not frightened or worried about us at all, Willow was looking out from the window and she did grumble at a very low pitch for a very long time but even this didn't move them on. It was only when they had had enough that we proved too boring in our truck and they all trotted down over the bank.
I have no idea what would have happened if we had been on foot and I'm not sure what Willow would have done, she has seen deer and made a move but has stopped and laid down when I told her to and allowed the does to run on without chasing them but she was very disturbed by the boar so who knows!
We worked the bank they had been mouting on today and although there were lots of signs of them, they were not to be seen thankfully and Willow was very occupied chasing sticks we all threw for her. These particular boar are only about 6 months old and probably only a third of their final weight and size but they still looked mean to me!

Charlie's portrait is coming along nicely, I will post an update soon but I have been networking our computers and moving everything for my new art/computer table I am collecting tomorrow and I will at long last have a dedicated area to work from so I'll take photos of that too but it may take a while to sort out.
Aside from this we should be collecting two 'ex-christmas dinner' geese on Saturday as their buyer couldn't face eating them after all so we are adding them to our flock which will then total 16 geese! More photos to follow of the feathered flock!

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3 comments:

Dors said...

Oh you have quite an animal farm there with all the geese.. Oh the wild boar..good job they were young...I certainly wouldn't be taking any chances with those around... You were very brave working in the area... What do you do ?
Great that you will have a nice designated area for your art and PC. so exciting.
Look forward to seeing the update of Charlie.

Art with Liz said...

What brilliant photos Karie Ann! A really interesting incounter.

Teresa said...

I've been seeing news snippets on TV about the resurgence of wild boar... and how dangerous they can be. Take your pepper spray with you when you walk! We now have bears, coyotes and at least one mountain lion in our area... I'm generally armed with pepper spray if I'm out walking.

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