Javelina Harmony by Daniel J. McCauley IV

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A mother Javelina fighting with another of her pack over some scraps of food in Cave Creek, Arizona.

They are called Javelina because of their razor-sharp tusks, Spanish for javelin or spear. They are the only wild, native, pig-like animal found in the United States. They are more slender and 30-50 pounds smaller than pigs, have longer, thinner legs and smaller hooves. Javelina usually travel in packs of 6-12, but I have seen up to 24 together, and you can usually smell them before you actually see them.

Canon 20D w/ 28-135mm IS USM.
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  • Tim Denny
    Tim Dennyalmost 6 years ago

    Nice shot, are they singing “This little piggy had roast beef” LOL

  • LOL… Didn’t sound like it up close, but you never know ; ) Thanks much, Tim.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • BigD
    BigDalmost 6 years ago

    Excellent capture

  • Thank you, BigD!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Visual   Inspirations
    Visual Inspi...almost 6 years ago

    Wow Daniel.. this is incredible!! Awesome action shot!!

  • Thank you very much, Rhonda :-)

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Paul Gitto
    Paul Gittoalmost 6 years ago

    Nice shot!
    How did you get so close?
    I would have been afraid that they might take a bite out of me.

  • Thanks kindly, Paul. They are actually pretty docile, except when they feel threatened or have babies around. I have had an entire pack walk calmly right past me, on the other hand, one slit the throat of my parent’s dog with their tusk (she survived, barely). However, the secret here was that I was on the other side of a short wall : )

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • cdwork
    cdworkalmost 6 years ago

    Superb Action- They look like nasty critters

  • They’re pretty nice, smelly, but nice (for the most part), but I wouldn’t want to feel the end of those tusks ; ) Thanks very much, my friend!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

    MICKSPIXPHOTOSalmost 6 years ago
    GREAT capture, Daniel. Well done.
  • Very kind! Thank you, Mick!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Al Bourassa
    Al Bourassaalmost 6 years ago

    Terrific looking duet for sure Daniel.

  • Always a pleasure to hear from you, Al : ) Thanks kindly.

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Sandy Stewart
    Sandy Stewartalmost 6 years ago

    Perfect timing to capture these two scrapping it out! It appears as if they are trying to prove who has the bigger mouth? lol Lovely and unique capture! Interesting information you have provided too! :)

  • Thanks, Sandy! Yes, my recollection is that mom won the tussle. Most appreciated : )

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Stormygirl
    Stormygirlalmost 6 years ago

    Wow what a great capture!

  • Thank you kindly, SG!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersalmost 6 years ago

    Great capture. I have never seen animals like this. This picture has yet to show up on my site. XO

  • That’s strange! Thanks very much, Lori!!

    – Daniel J. McCauley IV

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