I've been meaning to scan in this image all week - it's the children's book illustration I have framed and sitting on my shelf. Scary, isn't it? Not nearly as scary as what I'm about to show you.
These are wild boar. I've been reading up on them on Wikipedia. Here are a few interesting facts about wild boar.
1. Wild boar live in groups of about 20, but groups of more than 50 have been seen.
2. A boar will eat almost anything, including grass, nuts, berries, dead animals, garbage, insects, small reptiles, young deer and lambs.
3. When surprised or cornered, a boar, especially a sow with piglets, will defend itself with "intense vigor." The male lowers its head, charges and slashes upward with his tusks. The female charges with her head up and mouth open and bites.
4. "Such attacks are not often fatal to humans, but may result in severe trauma, dismemberment or blood loss."
5. The farmer who lives a few miles down our road just shot and killed A 270-POUND WILD BOAR.
6. I like living in the country. I like trekking through the fields. Until this week, it had not occurred to me that on one of my walks I could encounter A 270-POUND WILD BOAR.
Pumpkin, I know how you feel.