> Subphylum Vertebrata > Class Mammalia
seen? This large
hairy beast is quite common in our wilder places but rarely seen as
they are shy. It is more active in the early morning and late evening.
Several may gather under fruiting trees to forage for fallen fruits.
It is the largest resident land mammal in Singapore and found in forest,
scrubland and mangroves. According to Baker, it was believed to be
extinct in Singapore, and current populations were probably started
by individuals swimming in from Malaysia across the Johor Straits.
They are found on Pulau Ubin, Pulau Tekong and the Western Catchment
Area and also recorded in Changi, Lim Chu Kang and the Central Catchment
Area. Globally, these wild boar are found from Europe, north Africa
and most of Asia.
Features: Head and body
1.5-2m, up to 200kg. Typical pig-shaped covered with bristly hairs
with a mane on the neck and back that bristles upright when the animal
is threatened. Adults have long canine teeth (tusks) and are generally
dark greyish brown. Wild boar males are generally solitary, but females
and their young live in groups. They are shy and generally avoid humans.
But they can be aggressive when cornered. Mothers can be particularly
dangerous when protecting their young. Wild boar can run fast. They
can swim too!
Boar babies: The
female gives birth to a litter of up to 8 babies. She builds a nest
of branches, leaves and grass to shelter her young. Infants are brown
with white stripes along the body, resembling watermelons.
What does it eat? It eats mainly
tubers, roots and fruits. It also snacks on small animals. It may
dig for roots and worms, using its strong, flexible snout.
Priscilla the pig: The story goes
that as an infant, she was hand raised by the villagers of Kampung
Chek Jawa. When the villagers were resettled due to the impending
reclamation, they could not bring her along. She stayed on Chek Jawa
and seemed to be doing fine foraging in the coastal hill forest and
along the seashores. Her Chinese name is 'Wei Wei', but visitors started
calling her 'Priscilla the Pig'.
Alas on 27 May 2004, Priscilla was found dead by NParks rangers. There
was no obvious cause of death aside from "a small festering wound,
and blood coming from her nostrils". She was buried where she was
found, next to the access to Chek Jawa's shoreline. Her final resting
place may be unmarked, but her mark on many of our hearts remains
till this day. More
about Priscilla on the wild shores of singapore blog.
Chek Jawa, Oct 01
Chek Jawa, Jun 03
the Pig cooling
off in a mud wallow.
Chek Jawa, May 04
piglets, still with their stripes.
Chek Jawa, Apr 12
Safe closer encounters are possible!
Chek Jawa, Dec 11
boar on Singapore shores