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The Spanish Wild Boar

Even though I took the photo of this friendly fellow here in Mallorca, I must tell you that there are no real Wild Boars (Sus scrofa) on the island, or Jabalís, as they are known in Spain.

Mallorca is home only to the domesticated Black Pig (Sus scrofa domestica), which is reared on the island for culinary delights, such as the Mallorcan Sobrassada.

The Wild Boar can be found on the Spanish mainland, though, and in particular in regions such as Andalucía, the lower Pyrenees, the Picos de Europa, the Sierras, and in Extremadura. 

The wild animal is a desired target of hunting (caza major); the trophy shown in the photo is very likely a hunting trophy brought back from the Iberian Peninsula. Some Mallorcan restaurants occasionally have Jabalí dishes on their menus; try some, if you like game, it tastes really good.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: October 6th, 2008. The time was 11:56:40.

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