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What to Do When 30 Baby Wild Boar Cross the Road on Hvar?

By 11 August 2018

August 11, 2018 - You don't come across much wildlife on the island of Hvar, but when you do, it can be quite spectacular.

About ten years ago, I was driving back to Jelsa on Hvar from Albania. I had been driving for about six hours and just made the last ferry from Drvenik to Sucuraj. The half-hour ferry crossing would get me onto the island for 23:00 and I would be home by midnight. 

Exhausted, I was grateful to find myself driving behind a car which was driving at a decent speed. There were no road lights, and so the two red dots of the rear lights were all I needed to follow. We were making good progress until, inexplicably - and on a very straight road, the car slammed on its brakes and then started to drive very slowly indeed. I was a little annoyed to have my easy routine interfered with, but before I could think any more about that... 

CRUNCH! The sound of twisted metal as something hit the side of the front wheel on the driver's side. I looked out to see a somewhat dazed wild boar which had been attempting to cross the street. Any thoughts of getting out to see if the boar were ok went out the window when I saw two other boars behind, not looking too happy with me. Although there was damage done to the car, it still functioned, and off I drove home. My father-in-law has never forgiven me for not returning with the boar in the back of the car for a rather fine lunch. 

But that was nothing compared to what I saw online yesterday - Sadly, I can't find the original video or credit the person who took this incredible footage, but how about this for an extended boar family?

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Five adult wild boar went first, then at least 30 baby boars, before four adult boars brought up the rear.

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An incredible sight in an undisclosed location on Hvar. So keep your eyes peeled when you drive at night, for those wild boar definitely are out there. 

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