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A JAGUAR KILLED BY WILD PIGS

(" Pall Mall ÜBgatte.") The wild pigs of South Amerloa are known for their feroolty And persistence when once they are engaged. The jaguar Is io Urge and powerful a beast of prey h to be oftlled a tiger by the people of the ooantrlea where he Is found. A fight between a drove of plge and one of these tjgers brlngi out all the wild nature there Uln both, Suoh a oocfliot Is reported In an Amerloin pablloatjon entitled 'PioneerIng In Sonth Brazil' :— • One night £opes and I, who were then alone together, were popped In the forest, when suddenly we heard, at a tyttle distance from us, a tremendoai uproar of grunting, iqueiklng, acd clacking of tu»ks. " Pigs 1 ' said we both. 'Now for a dinner at la«t." Saatchlng ap our guns, we orept oautlooily towards the Bounds, whloh continued, though with less uproar than at first, and soon same to a little clearing. Standing on tbe extreme summit of an ant hillock, about five feet from the ground, was a jaguar, surrounded by perhaps fifty or sixty pigs, all In a state of furious rage, and Talnly endeavouring to get at their ! enemy pirohed on the ant-hill We did not ore»0 re » hoping to obtain our dinner without haying to waste a shot, for ammunition was precious. Meantime the jaguar, with his tail atuck well up In the air, and with all four legs oloie together, balancing himself on the ant-hill, kept facing round uneasily, first In one direction and then Ip another, as the infuriated pig" threatened this side and that side. It was olear that tbe (fame oould not long be oarrled on In this fashion ; either the pigs would give up the siege as hopeless, or the jaguar would get tired of his uncomfortable position, and make a dash to escape. The end, howevsr, Mmc In a manner we did not expeot. la s moment of forgetfulneis the tiger allowed his tall, whtob he had hitherto been holding well up out of the resell of the besiegers, to drop slightly. In a second the unlucky appendage was seised by the pigs ; Its owner was pulled down fiom his peroh Into the midst, and * terrible battle begun. Now and then one oonld see tbe big yellow body of the Jaguar surge up above the seething mats of piga, and his powerful fore-pawo striking out deadly blows to right and left, only to sink down against the next Instant Into the midst of of his raging enemies, Presently £ba uproar began to subside, but the jaguar had not emerged from tbe crowd, and we oould see him nowhere. After waiting some little time longer the nerd of pigs began to dlrperso. and, the tompit j»e(pg now over, we walked Into the clearing where the fight bad to lately been raging. Still po j«gu»r was tp bo seen, bat fourteen pigs were lying dead or dying upon the ground. Presently Xnprg, stooping down, picked up a fragment of something, and holding it up, aa!d, " Here's the tiger t" It was a bit of the jtguar's akin. Be had been literally torn to pieces by the pigs, and his body and flesh devoured or oarrlsd sway by them From his victim*, tbe <Wa pigs, we leogefld oor supper and many more meals besides wHbout baling bad to waste a shot. M ■ii.iv _ ■ ■ ill" !

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A JAGUAR KILLED BY WILD PIGS, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2046, 25 January 1889

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A JAGUAR KILLED BY WILD PIGS Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2046, 25 January 1889

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