Starving, confused and disoriented, last week a wild boar was caught in the streets of Khabarovsk.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it?
It’s most definitely not.
While the wild boar is one of the most dangerous animals to hunt, catching one is even more dangerous, especially when you don’t have state-of-the-art equipment but have to rely on man force and tarpaulin tunnels to guide the angry animal up into the back of a truck. Without the luxury of any kind of sedative, this can be risky to both the animal and the people involved.
Luckily at Utyos those who were sent to catch the distressed animal were not novices and everything went smoothly. The wild boar was caught, its health assessed by a vet and it is now being kept in the tiger enclosure. Yes, the tiger enclosure. Because the facility still hasn’t received enough money to build an area dedicated to rescued herbivores, so for the time being, the wild boar will be kept there, fed and then released back into the forest as soon as it regains some weight and strength. And, please, don’t worry, there is no tiger in the enclosure at the moment, so the boar is very safe in there.
A thin, hungry wild boar came as a surprise to the staff, because one of Utyos’ most important projects in the area is their winter feeding of hoofed animals. Why is this important, do you say? Well, because winter in Russia is a serious threat to local fauna, especially since humans have started building more, fencing off large areas of land and defending their farmland – now, there is less for herbivores to eat and therefore less chance of them surviving the harsh winter. With their feeding program, Utyos not only helps these animals directly by leaving hay and fodder for the deer and wild boar but also helps the carnivores indirectly by keeping their prey alive and fit. Without a tractor, the volunteers at Utyos something spend whole mornings walking to a feeding station to keep this program working.
Their dedication is admirable.
There is no doubt that, for whatever reason this wild boar found itself in its current state, he or she will now have a running chance to get better and be released back into the wild, thanks to the wonderful people working for Utyos.
And maybe next year it will be seen with a batch of these little ones, running around in the snow during their first Russian winter and eating their fill at a Utyos feeding station!
Cover photo by marcinjanik on tumblr