It couldn’t possibly be a wolf. There are no more wolves living wild in Britain, more’s the pity.
It was big, like a direwolf from Game of Thrones. Huge. But it was too dense to be a wolf, like it was generating its own gravitational field.
As I approached, I saw it by the side of the road, in the verge. I slowed down, ready to stop and take a photograph… but it melted away into the woods just beyond, leaving me awed.
I’d just seen my first ever wild boar. Living in the countryside is ace.
I understand, now, why these magnificent creatures are considered to be so dangerous, and why so many men in ye olden times died hunting them: they are massive.
If he’d charged the other way, instead of slinking off into the woods, and into the path of my car… well, it wouldn’t have ended well. For him probably, and certainly not for the car. He was so big I think he’d have just got up, shaken himself off, glared at me, and carried on.
Up until Thursday night, I’d never seen a wild boar. But I have seen domestic pigs, and they’re rather large, too. Lots of bacon on them, I guess. The boar, though, he was something else. I feel pretty privileged to have spotted him.
I didn’t get a photograph, but I did find this site with photographs from people who’ve seen wild boar all over the place in the UK. Apparently they’re quite common in the Forest of Dean, where I was driving on Thursday. There’s one photo of a side-on view of a boar, where I reckon the general shape of its back end and tail is quite wolf-like – at least if you glimpse it in the dark while moving fast and with direwolves on your brain 🙂
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Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.
PS Las weekend, we were boarding the rafters in the attic at the Dingle with eco-friendly insulated plasterboard, and we’re doing a pretty fine job of it, too. Not a quick job, granted, but a proper job. It’s very satisfying doing it ourselves and seeing the results 🙂 This weekend we’re looking forward to yet more Dingle projects!