Baby Javelina

baby javelina under eye of donkey

As the thin layer of snow melted away, we were surprised to see a herd of about six javelina out seeking acorns during the day – very unusual. They usually appear just about the time it gets darkish, so they are hard to photograph. This was a great opportunity to grab a few shots.

This baby skittered across our back yard; that’s his mama up at the top of the photo by the agave. They took off out into the open area behind our house, whilst the other four went around to the front of the house to check the ground around the front yard oak tree for acorns.

Bonanza! They apparently found what they wanted because they snurfed (technical term!) up acorns for about 15 minutes. There was still a little snow on the ground, and some had melted in the driveway of the house next door, so there was a little water for them, too.

three snurfers

Tomorrow I’ll post a couple of close up pictures of them to show the tiny little feet that hold up that massive body.


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12 Responses to Baby Javelina

  1. bgary1 says:


    Very lucky shoot.



  2. Bev says:

    Ha! I want to know how you got that donkey to look toward the baby peccary! Nice shot, especially with mama in the background.


  3. Dale says:

    Let’s see. . . Is “snurfed” a derivative of “snarled”? 🙂


  4. judilyn says:

    I think it has to do with the way the acorns disappear into their gullets!


  5. Tommy says:

    Its a nice picture Judi 🙂


  6. IRENA & dots says:

    They are so sweet, I’d cuddle the little one 😉 Can’t wait to see more..


  7. judilyn says:

    They are skittish – they dash off if frightened. When eating acorns, though, if they feel no threat, they will hold pretty still for the camera. But when there is a baby present, the adults are very protective. Sometimes the alpha male will stand in front of a potential “intruder” and make huffing noises. The rest of the herd counts on that to protect them, I guess, because they just go right on eating.

    If we walk out the front door, they will sometimes run off for a few feet, but then start to eat again as if there had been no interruption. The porch out the front door is elevated a few feet, so maybe they don’t see the same threat as if we were on the same level with them.


  8. TexCyn says:

    Definitely not your cuddle type of animal! But still kind of cool to see them like that.


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