Animals of the world, Wild Boar

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  • Boar, also called Wild Boar, or Wild Pig, any of the wild members of the pig species
  • Adults have dark, bristly fur, blackish or brown in colour, that is particularly thick in the winter, while the young have a lighter coat with characteristic horizontal, brown and cream stripes
  • In most of Europe, males average 75–100 kg (165–220 lbs) in weight, 75–80 cm (30–31 in) in shoulder height
  • Boars are typically social animals, living in female-dominated sounders consisting of barren sows and mothers with young
  • The animal can run at a maximum speed of 40 km/h and jump at a height of 140–150 cm (55–59 in).
  • Wild boar rest in shelters, which contain insulating material like spruce branches and dry hay. These resting places are occupied by whole families (though males lie separately)
  • The wild boar is a highly versatile omnivore, whose diversity in choice of food rivals that of humans
  • The maximum lifespan in the wild is 10–14 years, though few specimens survive past 4–5 years