Saturday, November 18, 2017

a monkey's uncle...

I have to admit I was beginning to suspect something about Javier when I kept spotting him with little Harvey.  From what I have read about javelinas, the kids don't hang out with their dads.  During last night's live stream, little Harvey started nursing on Javier at the 14 minute mark!  Turns out all this time Javier has been a she.  That makes me feel a little better about the love affair Ben was having with Javier for over a year...  68,81,46,0,W

14 comments:

Rita B. said...

Well that sure is interesting. Bob, Javier.... hmmmm wonder who's next.

Sam Finn said...

Well I'll be ... I guess a name change is in order.?

John Wells said...

I think I will just stick to Javier...

Sam Finn said...

That'll save a lot of confusion and explaining. ;-)

rebecca wylde said...

Our dog Sarge, who is an Aussie LOVES to watch the live stream of the bunnies and hogs. He's so funny. I wish I could show you the video of him watching the live stream....

John Wells said...

Rebecca....try to get some video you can send me...I will put it on YouTube. Reaction videos are a big hit.

Hollis said...

Javelina?

John Wells said...

yes...javelina

Margery Bills said...

Oh, poor girl. No wonder she stayed around so much and did not trot away exploring. She was puttering around her home.

Sam Finn said...

Rebecca ... I agree with John ... we'd all love to see Sarge watching the bunnies. Hope you can get the video.

Margery Bills said...

Her babies are big and healthy looking. Is that their house in the background? Will any of them eat out of your hand? Pigs are the next thing down from a bear. Be careful. Bears really guard their babies. I wonder if the father ever comes around? (Maybe at night)? Years ago here, the park Rangers grabbed my new dog but the Sheriffs made them give the Bischon back. I was so distressed. A huge hog wandered up to my car. So I rolled the window down and told him the problem. He listened so carefully and looked so intent with his dark eyes and did not move. But then I left.

Ronald Mahan said...

I referred to the animal in John Wells video - as a “collared peccary” - because that is the scientific name for what we Texans normally call a javelina. I thought Mrs. Javier had an especially nice white collar - which prompted me to provide you - with name the experts use for this fine looking animal. If anyone thinks I am mistaken or joking about the white collar - please refer to the Wikipedia web site!

From Wikipedia:

"The collared peccary (Pecari tajacu) is a species of mammal in the family Tayassuidae found in North, Central, and South America. They are commonly referred to as javelina, saíno or báquiro, although these terms are also used to describe other species in the family. The collared peccary is a widespread creature found throughout much of the tropical and subtropical Americas, ranging from the Southwestern United States to northern Argentina in South America."

Margery Bills said...

TY Ron. Are they good to eat. I suppose so.

Ronald Mahan said...

The female Javelinas are very good eating - but the adult males are not - in my opinion - due a very strong taste. The small young Javelinas are the best for human consumption - because their musk glands & reproductive parts are not yet fully developed. Proper care must be taken to remove the Javelin musk glands on their back - near the tail. It should be noted that most of male pork & beef we purchase & eat - has been castrated to also avoid a strong taste.


As John Wells told us - it took him a long time - with repeated observations at the Field Lab - to determine the sex of Mrs Javier. The hunter has much less time to make a decision on the sex of an animal at 25 to 50 yards. If little javelinas are nearby - that normally indicates a nursing female & we will not kill that female Javelina. Never the less - no harvested Javelina goes to waste at the Mahan Hunt Camp - we dine on the females - and our hunting Labs dine on the male Javelinas.