I just fleshed a boar with what the customer called "wattles" or two paired fleshy appendages on the sides of neck.
I turned them out and fleshed out the fat inside them, but what are they, are they common, and what is there purpose or origin? We would both like to know.
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I took in four this weekend and was wondering if some flesh easy and others hard? Two I did seemed rather easy, but the other two were like whittling wood. Got a good work out on those two.
Usually found on feral pigs and free ranging wild boar crossbreeds, these appendages seem to be anomalies on the epidermal layer, possibly from hair follicle abnormalities. Often they appear in no sequence or consequence with odd numbers on opposing sides. I ask the customer if he wants them on or not and often excise them and sew up the incision.
Wattes arent "anomolies"...They are naral occuring appendages they "pop up" in feral hog breeds, especially in the deep south. They are a genetic trait that the Spanish hogs introduced by Cortez and other explorers featured.
I would leave them as they are. FLesh them the best you can ,and reproduce them on the nmont as they looked in real life.
But I helped a butcher friend of mine on a few wild hogs and they had pus pockets all over the neck from fighting. Those tusks gauge pretty deep, the area gets infected, and wholla, a pus filled pocket. Pretty nasty indeed.
Some times the feral hogs that originated from Spain will also be mule footed. These hogs will have the wattles, and are sought out by breeders in Florida who wish to breed these for ranches.
and as I was told, these are rare, only 1 in 1,000? I guess if it isn't true, it brought me some business as the customer was not going to have a mount done without them. Thanks for all the help. And the customer said they are "Russian" but I've read about this here as well. It sure made life a lot easier dealing with these pigs having this resource, at least I knew in advance what I was getting into and to charge more for it. Thanks again.
Better check the definition of anomaly. Regardless of their genetic origin, they're hardly "normal" in all wild pigs and can and do occur randomly in a single litter. Since they are not "common", they must "deviate from the normal or COMMON order" which is, by definition, an "anomaly".