Herd the news? Wild boar piglet adopted by cows

Wild boar "Frida" runs between two cows on a pasture near the river Weser in the district of Holzminden, Germany, Thursday. A cow herd in Germany has gained an unlikely following, after adopting a lone wild boar piglet.

Wild boar "Frida" runs between two cows on a pasture near the river Weser in the district of Holzminden, Germany, Thursday. A cow herd in Germany has gained an unlikely following, after adopting a lone wild boar piglet. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)


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BERLIN — A community in Germany is witnessing a rare, wild adoption. This adoption happened after a cow herd gained an unlikely follower — a lone wild boar piglet.

Farmer Friedrich Stapel told the DPA news agency that he spotted the piglet among the herd in the central German community of Brevoerde about three weeks ago. The boar piglet had somehow become separated from its pack, called a sounder.

The piglet likely lost its group when they crossed a nearby river.

Stapel said while he knows what extensive damage wild boars can cause, he can't bring himself to chase the animal away, DPA reported Thursday.

The wild boar has been seen next to local cows feeding at a pasture near the river Weser in the district of Holzminden, Germany.

The local hunter has been told not to shoot the piglet — nicknamed Frieda.

Farmer Stapel says that his winter plans for the wild adoptee is to put it in the shed with the mother cows.

"To leave it alone now would be unfair," he told DPA.

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