Out of Africa — a twist on my experience with baby wild boars

This is a follow-up to the posting I wrote yesterday, about my experience in coming across an entire family of sangliers, or wild boars, just outside our village of Daglan.

Today we leave Europe for Africa, courtesy of our friend Robin, who is both a talented painter and a dedicated conservationist. She spends much of her time caring for orphaned primates at a sanctuary in Cameroon. Lately she’s been living in South Africa, where she’s focused on her paintings.

Once Robin saw my posting of yesterday — “The wild ones! (Boars, that is)” — she emailed me with a brief note about her recent visit to a baboon sanctuary near Kruger National Park in South Africa.

There she was given the opportunity to look after a young wart hog, with the wonderful name of Stella. What follows are the photos that Robin sent me of Stella, who is (I assume) some kind of distant cousin to the wild boars of Europe.

First, here’s Stella having a nibble on a log:

Apparently, Stella likes a good chew on some wood.

Apparently, Stella likes a good chew on some wood.

Here’s Stella, lying on her back and nestled in Robin’s lap, enjoying a belly rub:

Stella enjoys some gentle tummy-rubbing.

Stella enjoys some gentle tummy-rubbing.

And finally, here’s Stella doing what many youngsters like best — enjoying some milk:

Stella and her bottle of milk.

Stella and her bottle of milk.

And if you’re interested in the work Robin is doing — either her amazing art, or her work in caring for orphaned primates, have a look at her website. It’s http://www.peacefulportraits.com

 

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