I, FOR ONE, WELCOME OUR NEW PORCINE OVERLORDS . . .
I read an article in the New Yorker (1) last year about the growing threat of feral hogs. Apparently they have become a major nuisance in most of the US, destroying native habitat and species, even uprooting irrigation pipes. Plus, they are so wily and tough that only an expert hunter with at least 4 dogs can defeat one.
Now, I learn that wild hogs may have caused the most recent outbreak of e. coli. It's clear what's going on -- the pigs are trying to kill us! Trichinosis just wasn't doing the job. With all the bacon I've eaten, I'll be the first up against the wall after the piggy revolution (here is where my sweetie Dr. Somneblex thoughtfully points out that he's given up pork).
Coincidentally, I was just reading Oryx and Crake , which features the protagonist being attacked by genetically-altered super-pigs. Clearly, a pig-related horror movie is going to go into production any minute now. A good title would be Hogzilla, after the legendary beast which stalked the woods of Alapaha, Georgia, as seen in this video.
Authors: Frazier, Ian
Source: New Yorker; 12/12/2005, Vol. 81 Issue 40, p71-83, 12p, 1c
Document Type: Article
Geographic Terms: UNITED States
Abstract: The article traces the history that explains the increasing number of hogs in the U.S. since the 1970s. Hogs are domesticated animals that can survive in the wild and can reproduce quickly and abundantly. In the U.S., the wild hogs descended from ones that escaped from Polynesian Islanders who first brought pigs to the Hawaiian Islands in 750 A.D. During circa 1890, sportsmen with money then imported Eurasian wild boars to stock hunting preserves.
Full Text Word Count: 9704
Accession Number: 19108770
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