It’s unusual to see a hill-hog so active in the daytime. They normally only move around at night, finding the best places for sunlight, moisture, and insects. When the sun comes up they tuck their heads and feet away and sleep until the stars shine, then off they amble across the countryside.
They’re very mild creatures, completely harmless and usually silent. Some have reported hearing low rumbling noises from them, but that could just be the roots of their clinging trees creaking with their movements.
Although typically not a bother to anyone, some farmers or gardeners have risen in the morning to find a grassy knoll asleep in the wreckage of a devoured crop. Hill-hogs can be deterred by an imitation; plant a tree on an existing or homemade hillock to discourage real wanderers.
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Wonderful illustrations! (I think I bumped into a hill-hog yesterday) 😊💚
Thank you! (And lucky! If you see it again, please say “hi” to it for me)
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I certainly will 😄