Tusks strong, triangular, of moderate length, directed to one side.
S. Scrofa, Desm. Mammal, p. 389. Flem. Brit. An. p. 28. Hog, Penn. Brit. Zool. vol. i. p. 55. Wild Boar, and Common Hog, Shaw, Gen. Zool. vol.n. p. 459. pi. 221 and 222.
( Wild Boar). Length of the head and body three feet three inches; of the head one foot; of the tail seven inches six lines: height about one foot nine inches.
Head elongated: neck short: body thick and muscular : legs short and strong : ears rather short: eyes small: mouth large, with the upper lip pushed up by the tusks : body covered with long stiff bristles, intermixed at the roots with a soft woolly hair; the longest and strongest bristles on the back. General colour dusky gray. - Desm.
In this variety the ears are longer and more or less pendulous ; the bristles more thinly scattered, and of one sort; the tusks comparatively short; the tail more or less twisted; the size and colour very variable.
Formerly abundant in a wild state throughout the country. Continued to inhabit the forests about London so late as the reign of Henry the Second, but it is not exactly known how soon after that period they were extirpated. In the domestic state the Sow goes with young about four months, and is very prolific, producing sometimes as many as twenty at a litter. Food extremely various.