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October 9, 2012

A boy and his pig

Durantl family adopts feral hog



Can a feral hog make a good pet?

Judy Richardson, a wildlife rehabilitator with WILDCARE, INC. and Natures Haven in Fort Worth, said a lot depends on the person adopting the animal and the amount of time and effort they are willing to spend.

Getting the animal at an early age is critical, she said, and a female is a better choice than a male because the males are more aggressive.

“In all my years of experience I don’t know anyone who has successfully raised a wild boar,” she said, “and I’ve only known three or four who have raised a female.”

In either case, Richardson recommends spaying or neutering a pet hog, as one might a dog or cat, because the hormones that kick in at sexual maturity often lead to frustration and sometimes aggression.

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