Puzzling failure of wild boar to colonise Mediterranean islands
Sus scrofa cristatus photo © Bernard Dupont
Before the islands of the Mediterranean were reached by humans, they were inhabited by mammals capable of swimming across sea barriers: hippopotami, elephants and deer. However, no Mediterranean island was naturally colonised by wild pigs, which is surprising because the European wild boar swims well and, as an omnivore, should have been suited to the relatively unreliable supply of food on islands.
Robin and the Honey Badger, 15 March 2016
Wild boar swimming