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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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