Animal #36 — Feral Pig

Tuesday, May 4, 1999 — 11:30 am

Christmas, Florida — Orlando Wetlands Park

I took a day off from the convention, rented a car, and went birding.  My first stop was at the Orlando Wetlands Park for a Limpkin (which I never saw).  I walked the trail on the levy through the marsh, dodging Alligators, and seeing tons of birds.  At one point, the trail bordered a grove of palms with a dense thicket of brush as an understory.

As I was walking along the edge of the grove, I heard an animal crashing through the brush.  I figured it was a deer and didn’t think much about it.  A minute or so later I rounded a corner and saw two wild pigs standing on the path about 30 yards ahead of me.  They were standing still, looking away from me, and I’m not sure they knew I was there.  It looked like they were trying to decide which way to go.  A few seconds later, they made up their minds.  They trotted off and disappeared around a bend in the trail.

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