Mystery Of Wild Boar On Island Of Alderney- Daily Mail Newspaper- Exclusive News Story- ***November 2013***

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Photographer Jake Woodnutt managed to capture a shot of one of the pigs, which locals have speculated may have swam from France.

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Did this wild boar swim seven miles to Channel isle from France?

This little piggy went to market, this little piggy stayed home… and this wild boar swam seven miles in open sea. Or did he?

That’s the question baffling residents of the tiny Channel isle of Alderney, who have been chasing a mysterious animal since he suddenly appeared among them.

No foxes or badgers, let alone wild boar, are indigenous to the island, which is only accessible by plane at this time of year.

 
The 330lb moustached black animal only makes fleeting appearances at dusk so locals have named him 'Ghost Pig'

The 330lb moustached black animal only makes fleeting appearances at dusk so locals have named him 'Ghost Pig'

 

Alderney has strict livestock importing laws so anyone bringing the boar ashore would have had to have applied for a licence, but officials say no such application was made.

The 330lb moustached black animal only makes fleeting appearances at dusk so locals have named him ‘Ghost Pig’.

 

Jake Woodnutt, 19, was among the first to make a sighting last month after the boar was initially mistaken for a pig from his parent’s farm on the three-mile-long island. He tracked the boar to a nearby farm and managed to catch him on camera last week. ‘We put out some food and I hid in a trailer and it came in to feed,’ he said. ‘There’s no doubt it was a wild boar.’

His father Alan, 50, also snapped a picture of a boar-like animal on his phone. Mr Woodnutt’s wife Tess, 48, said: ‘It looks like there could be two different pigs.

 
The seven mile crossing from France would be possible for a fully grown boar, a farmer said

The seven mile crossing from France would be possible for a fully grown boar, a farmer said

 

‘Jake’s photograph looks like a sow, it’s smaller than the one my husband pictured, which we think is a male.

‘It came trotting towards him and was a scary-looking beast. We’ve not had simultaneous sightings, so we can’t be sure, but that only adds to the mystery.’

The wild boar population in France has exploded in recent years and is estimated to stand at more than one million. They are regularly hunted in Normandy, the region closest to Alderney. Steve Parsonage, a wild boar farmer in Cheshire, said the seven mile crossing from France would be possible for a fully grown boar.

‘If a boar felt it was being hunted and the adrenaline kicked in it could have gone into the water to try and escape,’ he said.

‘Boar are fantastic swimmers. They are not the type of animal you can move easily, it can sometimes take days to coax them into a trailer and they are not easy to handle, they can be very, very dangerous.’

Mrs Woodnutt said the boar could also have been smuggled in during a motoring festival at the end of September, when revellers’ vans were craned onto the quays. She added: ‘There’s no way it come in by plane and there’s no ferry.’

Police warn islanders to take care if they spot the animal as it could become aggressive if cornered.

 

 



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