Feral Hog?

8 Apr

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I love to say this word. Feral. I say it again and it makes my nose crinkle up–front lip puckering to expose my own mouth full of teeth. So this jawbone–not a horse–a FERAL offering. Because horses don’t have tusks.

It’s approximately 18″–probably longer originally. Tusky-like things at the very front. Are wild boars that large? Requires further forensic investigation. And clearly too late to call 911.

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Quick search. Not an elephant. Not a walrus. These tusky things are on the bottom mandible–its top counterpart seems to be missing so I don’t know about it. And it appears that they’re not tusks at all, but tushes. So yes, maybe a wild boar? Still looking.
http://www.extension.org/pages/63589/feral-hog-tusk-characteristics#.VSUh0_nF_bc

6 Responses to “Feral Hog?”

  1. Liz April 8, 2015 at 10:13 am #

    Nice research … fascinating

    • Patricia April 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      yes, and regardless of what it was–so intrigued as to how it got here. could have been as simple as the previous home owners putting it there–but that’s not mysterious enough for me.

  2. Nancy April 8, 2015 at 11:11 am #

    Wow…this is getting even better!!

    • Patricia April 8, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      the plot thickens–probably will defer to Mo’s opine–

  3. Mo Crow April 8, 2015 at 1:11 pm #

    hmmm… looks like an old horse jaw bone to me… they have remnant canine teeth same as we do and if the animal is old the teeth get snaggly the same as ours do!
    here’s a link

    • Patricia April 8, 2015 at 1:54 pm #

      yes that’s pretty much what it looks like but what really surprised me is how narrow the bottom jaw is. i’ll have to remeasure but i’m guessing about 1.5″ between rows of teeth. does that still work for horse jaw?

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