Estonian Wildlife. Wild boar

Date of Issue : August 21, 2002
Designer : Sandor Stern
Denomination : 4 kr 40 s
Perforation : 12¾:13
Sheets : 20 stamps (4 x 5)
Printing Process : Offset
Printing House : AS Vaba Maa
Quantity Issued : 252 000
Order Number : 256-05-2002
First Day Cover Number : 2002-15
Eesti Post : Estonian Wildlife (Wild boar)

The wild boar (Sus scrofa) can be found nearly anywhere, from boggy marshes to mountainous terrain. In Estonia it has become common since the 1930s. Its sense of smell is excellent and it has good hearing and it is omnivorous, eating anything from plant material to worms and weakling peers. The wild boar uses its powerful muscular snout to dig for food from the ground. To get rid of pests and to cool the body, it likes to wallow in pools of mud. It travels in groups called sounders dominated by an old female. Males live by themselves and join the sounders only during the autumn rut. The young, 4-12 piglets, are born in the spring. Wild boars live for 9-25 years, and are highly valued as game.

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