A boar is a male pig.
Sus scrofa scrofa is the scientific name for the wild boar. Once common in Europe they have more recently been reintroduced into some European countries. Adult wild boar grow to around 200 kg for males and around 130kg for the females and have short bristly hair. Males develop tusks after around two years of age.
Wild boars are currently bred for their meat in Britain and recently animal right extremists released 60 in late December 2006 into the wild where another 500 are thought to exist. This caused panic and fear amongst the locals as the animals ran through local villages.
Despite what the animal rights extremists believed about their possible poor treatment as least one little piggy went all the way home and let himself back into the original property.
The boar tends to attack by charging and goring with its teeth and tusks. The boar spear is intended to counter this, by being thrust into the boar as it charges. The large cross piece just below the blade of the head is there to hold the animal at bay so that it will not gore you.
Boar as Food
The boar's head was often served in English feasts, along with the great flesh in the first course. The flesh of the boar was called brawn, and was sometimes served with mustard or other sauces. Brawn was also served "broken" or "brisee", or cooked in lechemetes. In Anglo-Norman it is called "singler", another name by which it appears in menus.
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