That is one damn big pig. And a scary-looking one. Maybe it’s because of my background, growing up not on a farm but surrounded by them, with relatives who owned farms–and hogs–that I find pigs scary. A lot of people don’t realize just how big these critters can get and how potentially dangerous they are. There are pigs that WILL kill you and eat you if they ever get the chance. If I were the parent of one of the little kids at the school in Hong Kong where this beast was photographed rummaging through a dumpster, I’d be a little nervous. The news report says that wild boars in the area can reach 450 pounds, but that one looks bigger than that to me.
When the Beast of Gevaudon was ravaging the French countryside and eating peasants, there were those who believed the monster was not a wolf but a huge pig. I’ve written about the demonic Dolocher, a giant spectral were-pig, before for this site. And Urban Dictionary also has a listing for a creature called a “were-pig,” but you can take my word for it, it isn’t describing the Dolocher or any other such lycanthropic beast.