I tried to send these pictures three days ago, but got them returned by Yahoo. It took me two days to get reinstated, but I?m thankful that I finally made it.
Some people expressed an interest in javelinas after I mentioned them last week. They are peccaries, not wild pigs. During my lifetime, they have migrated up out of Mexico and are now common in the wild parts of Arizona. A lot of people are afraid of them, and I had heard horror stories about how dangerous they are. One of our sons, who is a hunter, strongly disagrees, and since we have them come by the cabin frequently, I have observed that they are not at all
aggressive. I?m not even sure that they eat irises, but a herd of them tearing through a garden doesn?t do it any good.
A few years ago, I surprised a herd of javelinas on the back side of a big clump of Spanish dagger. In their midst were two pink, kitten-sized babies. I was afraid that they might be protective of their young, so I backed off quickly. They just ran into the brush on the adjacent lot. They have never shown any hostility. Marvin took these pictures at close range in November a couple of years ago.
Francelle Edwards Glendale, AZ Zone 9