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Cute Critters

December 4, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Javelinas are small, feral pigs that have somehow survived around Sedona and other parts of the Southwest since escaping from Spanish pens four hundred years ago.

I and my bride have looked for them on dozens of hikes in the area, but they’ve been too sly for us. It’s hard country for a tasty little animal, so their super-wary approach is only natural. One day on a balloon ride, we did see eight or ten running fast from something that wasn’t our shadow. But that few hundred feet was as close as we’ve gotten to real ones.

In town though, shops sell javelina trinkets. A few have statues of the bristle-haired omnivores sculpted to look quite adorable. As with Disney and Pixar, it’s the big eyes and doggie-like expressions that do it.

There are even a couple children’s books by Susan Lowell with sweet stories and lots for young ones to learn about the Southwest in their art work: The Three Little Javelinas and Josefina Javelina: A Hairy Tale. I recommend them.

All up, I especially like the idea of Javelina’s as an area mascot because it’s so wholesome. I’m not much into pyramid power, spinning crystals or the piles of woo woo rocks that one finds along the trails.

Breathtaking scenery and cute critters are more to my taste. 

  1. December 4, 2011 at 7:43 am

    I’ve never heard of javelinas, but that statue of them is pretty awesome.

  2. December 4, 2011 at 8:46 am

    lol, great shots

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