Wild boar in Germany adopted by herd of cattle

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2015 file photo a young boar stands amongst cattle in a pasture in Moerel, northern Germany. The wild pig in has decided to give up its “boaring” life _ leaving the forest to live with a small herd of cattle in their pasture. (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP, file)

BERLIN (AP) — A wild pig in Germany has decided to give up its “boaring” life — leaving the forest to live with a small herd of cattle.

Farmer Dirk Reese told the dpa news agency Monday the boar, which he nicknamed “Banana,” has been living with the eight cattle for more than two months on his property north of Hamburg, not far from the Danish border.

Reese says Banana has been effectively adopted by the cattle — “He’s fully integrated into the herd, which is fascinating.”

FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2015 file photo a young boar stands amongst cattle in a pasture in Moerel, northern Germany. The wild pig in has decided to give up its “boaring” life _ leaving the forest to live with a small herd of cattle in their pasture. (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP, file)
FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2015 file photo a young boar stands amongst cattle in a pasture in Moerel, northern Germany. The wild pig in has decided to give up its “boaring” life _ leaving the forest to live with a small herd of cattle in their pasture. (Markus Scholz/dpa via AP, file)

Reese says Banana has achieved something of a celebrity status in the area, so he’s not worried that the boar’s life in an open pasture might make it easy prey for a local hunter.

He says that “this pig has a special status.”

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