The Pig Snuffle


A storm is coming across from the mountains and a pair of young collared javelina are scarfing up the fallen acorns beneath one of our oak trees. They were unperturbed by the shining of the flashlight held by my able assistant and the light from the camera on my iPhone as I snapped a bunch of pictures of them from our front porch.

It is raining in earnest now, so I wonder where they have found for shelter. The rain isn’t very hard, but there is a lot of thunder rumbling and lightning flashing from the mountains. They seem to take it in stride. They will probably be back later for dessert.


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22 Responses to The Pig Snuffle

  1. says:

    Have a lina, she said, and so he did. Such teamwork to capture those most elusive critters! We are watching the news re the rain you are getting. . .I remember the runoff out of those mountains above Huachuca. . .mucho agua! Aieeee!!

    • judilyn says:

      I don’t think what we are getting is newsworthy. It’s coming down a bit harder now, but not really in excess. Sounds like it is slacking off already.

  2. gypsy97 says:

    That is a great photo. I’m surprised they didn’t try to run from the light or the storm.

    • judilyn says:

      They shuffled about a bit, and hid behind the trees when we first went out, but then they went right back to vacuuming up the acorns. I’m not sure they care if they get wet. It isn’t cold here, so they are probably just feeling like they are having a nice shower.

      There is usually a much larger herd with animals of all sizes. These two teenagers seemed to be by themselves. The small babies remind me of tiny elephants.

  3. Nice neighbors to have. Light confuses them mostly, I have seen on night drives the buck trying to jump over a light beam. Here we get whistles you can attach to your car and it makes a noise which makes them run before the light confuses them and they jump in front of the car.

  4. Kim says:

    Fabulous shot!

  5. Dale says:

    I like it, and perfect framing! 🙂

  6. taphian says:

    don’t you have a gun, then you will have some good food tomorrow, tender meat and healthy, hehe

    • judilyn says:

      I know you are kidding! I would never kill an animal like that! I would suspect that their meat is on the tough side. I have never heard of their being hunted for food. Some places in The Southern parts of the United States hunt wild hogs, but the meat is not something that I care for.

      • taphian says:

        yes, I was kidding a bit but wanted to point out that I dislike the gun policy you have. But I’m sure the meat is wonderful. We knew a hunter who gave us wild hog meat. It was delicious. Well, so you will cook something else, have a wonderful week-end, regards Mitza

  7. bjdewell says:

    I’ve never seen a javelina, your photo is wonderful! I hope if I ever do meet up with one, it’s a tiny one with no parent in the area. They can be mean, right? Or am I thinking of another kind of wild pig/hog? Anyway, love the photo! You have the most interesting things in your backyard. 🙂

    • judilyn says:

      Actually they are pretty docile unless threatened. If the family group is walking by, there is usually the largest male that kind of makes grunting noises at any passers by, warning them to keep their distance. We’ve heard that they can actually break a person’s shinbone by butting it with their heads, but I have never heard of an actual time that this has happened. Sometimes in the winter they will just walk down the sidewalk in front of the houses going from one oak tree to the next. This is usually at night, so not a lot of people out then. They pretty much mind their own business, and will scatter quickly if you “shoo” them without a threat of physical attack. We’ve lived in the area for almost twenty years. There have been javelinas wandering about here and there all that time, but we have never had any difficulty with them.

  8. I want one of those whistles! I had a Coyote jump in front me late one night/morning on a country road this year. I didn’t know they did that! It still haunts me months and months later.

    How wonderful that you were able to photograph these two! I’ve never seen them. I hope you’re not having any flooding or issues with the rain and please send it my way! We really need it!

    • judilyn says:

      The javelina are fairly easy to photograph because they aren’t afraid of much. It’s just that they come around mostly when the light for photography isn’t very good.

  9. Lucy says:

    What a beautiful shot! Love it ❤ I'm sure it must be amazing to see them so close.

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