500 pound boar!

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It is hot, Wilbur is wearing a fat suit and he loves to get squirted several times a day. So I oblige him and wet him down, then I wet down his laying place. Can’t make him a mud hole in this sand, so I just try to keep him a wet spot. I won’t spray him near the fence, he would wallow a hole the size of a Volkswagen bug in no time.

First I put water in his tub, he gets a good drink. Then I direct the nozzle where I want him to stand and he walks over there. Sometimes he goes and stands there waiting for me to spray him.

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He has a hole wallowed out behind the mulch pile. The trees shade him all day, the mulch pile keeps the sun off as it’s going down. So I spray his wallow real good.

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Today I was in the garden. Wilbur lumbered to the fence and said, “unt”. I tossed him a rutabaga. He sniffed it, looked at me and said, “unt”. Obviously he did not want a rutabaga. I went through my new gate and walked around his pen. I broke off a bouquet of sassafras twigs which he happily munched on. I offered him a Persimmon branch. “Unt”. That’s pig Latin for Nope. I offered him elm. He took it and ate it. So now I know that I am supposed to give him sassafras and elm twigs for his treat.
 
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I love Wilbur....If I didn't have so many pigs I'd come steal Wilbur and let him retire forever...or not, lol! That's a lot of pork on the hoof there - I'm sure he'll be delicious!
 
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If I had the room, I'd just let him be Wilbur the rest of his life, but it is what it is. He sure is a sweetie though.
 

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He sounds like a sweetheart! :) Some pigs just are, I had one or two of them that were so dang sweet, I felt awful butchering them when their time came. But on the flip side, you'll get some that are so mean, they taste extra good!
 

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Aw he sounds sweet! Bay you would make out up here, no one will buy boars so they're usually crazy cheap or free!
 

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He is a sweet boy! When he stands in the trough we built for him out of 2x8's, he is level with the "window" in the Pig Palace that we feed through. We've had some pigs that were a relief to take to slaughter, but I'm gonna miss Wilbur.

Boars are good eating, it's a good way to get a LOT of meat, cheap.
 

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Some pigs do take a tiny bit of your heart with when it's time for them to go, but unfortunately for them, we need to eat and cheap meat is a great blessing.
 
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