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A close-up of the jaws of the smelly, sometimes rabid, pig-like creature known as the javelina
IT LOOKS the love child of a hyena and a wild boar, with a dose of wombat thrown in.
It’s a javelina, also known as a peccary or skunk pig thanks to its horrid odour and it belongs to the Suina family (a pig subgroup) - so it’s not really even a proper pig.
These beasts are bizarre looking, even by Australian standards, and are found throughout Central and South America and America’s southwest, where they are hunted for sport.
Although javelinas have enormous jaws and razor sharp teeth, they are not known for attacking humans, which is why locals were so shocked when a woman walking her dogs in Arizona almost died after being mauled by a herd of them.
The Fountain Hills woman had her pets on leashes the night of April 30 when a large group of javelinas crossed the road and charged them, according to the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
The woman was knocked to the ground and set upon by two javelinas that “tore at her neck and upper body with their teeth”, the department said in a statement.