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June 30th, 2008

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09:17 am - Javelina attack
Okay, the media finally got hold of the story, so I'm now free to talk about the events at work on Friday.

About noon, my boss came in to my office and told me that the museum was closing for the rest of the day and all staff were to stay indoors. A visitor had had a chunk of their leg bitten off by a wild (non-exhibit) javelina on grounds, and it was still on the loose.

Towards the end of the day, I was asked to prepare an announcement for posting on the museum's web site home page to say that we would be closed all Saturday. My boss would call me at 6 a.m. to let me know if they'd caught the javelina, and to tell me to post the announcement if they hadn't.

He called...

However, we did open on Sunday despite the fact that the javelina is still unaccounted for. They are still looking as I type this.

Official news stories from the Arizona Daily Star and KOLD.
Current Location: My desk at work
Current Mood: predatorypredatory

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Date:June 30th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
Er, okay, what's a javelina?
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Date:June 30th, 2008 05:20 pm (UTC)
From http://www.desertmuseum.org/books/nhsd_hooved.php

"Javelina: The javelina is a medium-dog-sized animal of about 40 to 55 pounds (18-25 kg), that somewhat resembles a small wild boar. It has a coarse salt and pepper pelage, short legs, and a distinctly pig-like snout. The head appears to join the shoulders with very little neck. A collar of lighter-colored hair rings the neck and shoulders. Both males and females have long, sharp canines, the “javelins” for which they are named."

Javelina crossing a road

Date:June 30th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)
Looks like a warthog, minus the sticky-up tail. Mind you, I don't think warthogs tend to bite people!
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Date:June 30th, 2008 06:08 pm (UTC)
Date:June 30th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
That thing doesn't look fierce - but it's probably like a cat. Cute but might bite or rip you to shreds if necessary?
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Date:June 30th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
I believe they're mostly dangerous when protecting their young.

I'm sure the visitor from the Netherlands didn't think it looked fierce either, when he tried to pet it. :P

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Date:July 1st, 2008 12:33 am (UTC)
OH, a collared peccary! Leastwise that's the name put on 'em by the zoo in Oklahoma City.
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Date:July 1st, 2008 02:34 am (UTC)
That's the alternative name for them, yes! :)

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Date:June 30th, 2008 10:24 pm (UTC)
How do you 'lose' something that BIG??

I may be turning into a "Big girl's blouse", OK, just a big girl, but I'm glad I live in a nice 'safe'-ish place as England!
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Date:June 30th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
There's a lot of desert nothingness out here. Acres and acres and acres of desert nothingness with javelinas and coyotes and mountain lions... finding one javelina with a bloody snout is not that easy.
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Date:July 1st, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
Wow I mean I had no clue Javalina eats human...
Date:July 1st, 2008 05:06 pm (UTC)
Ouch! Bet they're tastey if you cook 'em.

I wonder did they person bite first?
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Date:July 1st, 2008 05:43 pm (UTC)
There's been talk of serving javelina BBQ on the front patio if we caught it. But they are vegetarian, so I don't think it really wanted to eat the poor visitor! I'm sure both javelina and human were equally scared by the encounter.
Date:July 8th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
Did they ever catch it? Or is this a case of a javelina just as scared as the person whose leg was bitten?
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Date:July 9th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
It's still out there...

We now have a flyer we include in our visitor maps that tells people not to approach and pet wild animals that they may encounter on grounds.

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