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Thursday February 22, 2024

Belgian couple makes indoor pet of rescued wild boar

More than a year on, 80-kilogram Oscar is still there, with his own sofa, pillows and blanket

By REUTERS
February 13, 2024
An image of a wild boar. — AFP/File
An image of a wild boar. — AFP/File

LANEUVILLE, Belgium: A Belgian couple have adopted a wild boar and taken to him so much that he is living inside their home.Gregory Guiot discovered the boar they call Oscar as a small piglet during a hunting trip with his dogs and decided to take him in to care for temporarily.

More than a year on, 80-kilogram Oscar is still there, with his own sofa, pillows and blanket.“We hadn’t planned to keep him here, but to save him and then release him, but we became attached to him,” said Guiot’s wife Tiffany Pierre.

Oscar was taken to a training farm but refused to eat and within a week the Guiots were called to retrieve him.Oscar now has a voracious appetite, even devouring a fishing rod, but he does alert his owners when he needs to relieve himself so he can be let outside.