Into the Woods
Walking Along the Edge
Walking towards me!
As quietly as he had appeared,
He slipped back
Into the woods!
as I later find out!)
A Sounder of Wild Boars
Crossed my path,
Moments after the stag!
I was so stunned,
I lifted my camera too late,
Framing only the very last piglet,
Before it disappeared
Behind a pile of branches.
Obliviousness Can Be A Blessing At Times!
Only now did I learn from Wikipedia that,
“If surprised or cornered, a boar (and particularly a sow with her piglets) can and will defend itself and its young vigorously. The male lowers its head, charges, and then slashes upward with its tusks. The female, which is tuskless, charges with its head up, mouth wide, and bites. Such attacks are rarely fatal to humans, but severe trauma and blood loss can easily result.”
According to an old French hunter’s saying,
"Au sanglier la civière, au cerf la bière..."
the real danger was even worse:
While the wild boar sends you back home on a "hand barrow",
A stag would dispatch you in a coffin!
I am running scared
I didn’t even dare to research
what or whom that large eagle,
circling over my head,
was really after!
Photographed this past Saturday
at Nationalpark Donau-Auen
The "Danube-Wetlands" National Park:
This sanctuary along the Danube river
protects one of the last remaining
river wetland areas in Europe still intact.
A quarter of this park, the "Lobau" ("water woods"),
approximately 2,300 hectares in size,
lies within city boundaries.
The rest of this earthly paradise
extends east along the Danube river.
I gleaned the French bit of wisdom about the dangers of encountering wild boars and stags from an article about wild boar (Sanglier) hunting in France at GourmetFly.com.