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(Photo: Wild boar but not Juliette) Ah-ha Her name is Juliette. His name is Jean-Claude. He’s a human; she’s not. She’s a wild boar sow. And believe me this is a real human drama. Twenty months ago, Jean-Claude, a hunter, was out hunting in a forest close to the town of Crest in the Rhône-Alpes […]


(Photo: Wild boar but not Juliette)

Ah-ha

Her name is Juliette.

His name is Jean-Claude.

He’s a human; she’s not. She’s a wild boar sow.

And believe me this is a real human drama.

Twenty months ago, Jean-Claude, a hunter, was out hunting in a forest close to the town of Crest in the Rhône-Alpes region of the Department (county) of Drôme, southeast France, when he came across a baby wild boar. The little thing weighed 1.7 lbs. (800 grams) so if left in the forest there would have been no way it could have survived. So Jean-Claude took his find home.

You will agree that all tiny things are beautiful and cute. So was the wild boar which Jean-Claude had established was female. He gave her some milk in a baby’s bottle and named her Juliette.

Juliette began to grow and became stronger, so Jean-Claude took her back to the forest, but she returned to his home. He returned her yet again to the forest and yet again she turned up on his doorstep.

This happened a few times and then Jean-Claude allowed her to stay. He built her an enclosure of her own in his garden; it had all the comforts a wild boar could wish for including a small stream. His dog accepted her and the two became great pals.

Juliette was apparently adorable. She ate from Jean-Claude’s hand and she particularly loved Madeleines, the little hat-shaped sponge cake. Eventually she weighed something like 1100 lbs. (500 kilos).

But it is not legal to keep a wild boar as pet in France and one day forest guards came and took Juliette away. Jean-Claude was distraught; he begged them not to shoot her but also not to give her to a zoo. In other words he wanted them to allow her to stay with him.

When the forest guards left, Jean-Claude went to the gendarmes (militarized police) and asked to have Juliette back. They said no, but assured him that she was in a safe place.

Not satisfied, Jean-Claude laid a charge against the local forest authorities to have Juliette returned to him. He told the local newspaper, Le Dauphiné Liberé: “I am very fond of her. I am a hunter but … “ Emotion prevented him from finishing his sentence.

Now, while waiting for his case to be heard in court, he has drawn up a petition to have her returned to him; he has 300 signatures of which 16 are of local administration officials.

If he can’t have her back, says Jean-Claude, then he will accept that she’s taken to a zoo or a wild life farm, but she must not be killed.

Wild boar is a delicacy here in France.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response

5-4-2010 at 15:00:58

What a pity, I do hope they don't kill and eat her. A zoo or wildlife farm would be fine. I would sign his petition if I could.

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