Feb. 11 this video started cycling around Facebook.
I normally do not share social media videos here but this one is deserving of commentary. While the details of this particular clip are sketchy there is no doubt this is an absolutely monstrous hog. The post was shared by a woman in Hong Kong and there is some sort of Asian script on the dumpsters.
This is not a domestic strain of hog.
It is a Eurasian boar and it is the largest one this author has ever seen on video.
A 2016 story at wideopenspaces.com shows photos on alleged 1,179-pound boar killed in Russia. And while the photos there are impressive, the author admits there is no way to tell if they had been manipulated.
Video is harder to fake.
So, how big of a hog are we dealing with?
Judging by the dumpsters, the other hogs and various items in the photo I am going out on a limb and saying this hog is easily over 700 pounds.
Could it be in the 1,000-pound range?
In North America, feral hogs weighing more than 500 pounds are rare but they do exist. Various sources say in parts of Asia Eurasian boars can top 650 pounds.
To give scale for exactly how big a hog this size would be look at this illustration. In my opinion it is easy to see this hog would be bigger than the average grizzly here.
The biggest wild hog I have gathered evidence of in the U.S. was this one captured on a game camera by Richard Trahan in Tyler Co. TX
My estimates on size for this one judging from the size of that particular brand feeder which I investigated is 700 pounds.
“The bottom of the motor on this feeder is five feet, six inches from the ground,” Trahan said.
That hog is touching it standing flat-footed.
The one in this video is at least that big and likely much bigger.
The question is this a pen-raised Eurasian boar? If so, that would make a difference in terms of its rarity. A 650-pounder in the wild could easily get to 800 plus being overfed in captivity.
Most records of wild hog sizes come from hunters and there is very little hunting besides for food in many countries in the Eurasian boar’s native range. The only people worried about how big boars get are hunters who want bragging rights.
Most locals could care less.
Stories of true monster hogs have circulated for years and have always been a source of intrigue for me. I have encountered two 500 pound plug hogs in my home state of Texas and found tracks of one that was likely bigger.
We can debate the size of this beast and many likely will as it makes its rounds on social media.
One thing however is for sure.
Encountering such a beast would be an unforgettable experience and hopefully I would see it before it saw me.
Chester Moore, Jr.