Story By: Ernest Bio Bogore, Sub-Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
This wild boar was spotted going for a dip in the Atlantic Ocean prompting chatter among curious onlookers, some of whom felt that the animal must have been trying to escape hunters.
Guillaume Herve, director of the nautical base of La Palmyre, who happened to be near the waterfront shot a video of the animal.
According to the French Newspaper France Bleu, the unusual scene happened at the Bonne Anse bay in La Palmyre in the Charente-Maritime department on the south-western coast of France.
In the video, the animal can be seen swimming in the water, like a small dog, but with better stamina.
The animal was reportedly spotted by a group of children and their teacher on the occasion of a school outing. They then reportedly alerted their instructor by pointing out “something floating, or moving forward, on the surface of the water.”
Guillaume Herve said: “In 10 years, this is only the second time I have seen a wild boar swimming across the bay of Bonne Anse”.
The director told France Bleu that this scene is quite rare and one can imagine that the boar may have escaped a hunt.
France Bleu reports that the boar arrived on the other side of the bay after swimming a good kilometre and then came out of the water and fled into the dunes and the nearby forest.
Boars and other porcine animals have been known to sometimes, albeit it rarely, go for a swim.
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