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   Undertoad  Monday Aug 9 12:59 PM

7/29/2004: Hogzilla



full story



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Aug 9 03:08 PM

All animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Aug 17 12:25 PM

I just found the link for Hogzilla.



chrisinhouston  Tuesday Aug 17 07:07 PM

He's quite the fashion plate isn't he? Knee high wellies, shorts a dirty T-shirt and latex gloves. Oh and the ball cap.

Wonder what he used to shoot him, big hogs are supposed to have skin like a rhino. Maybe something exotic like an H&H 375 or a Krieghoff .470 Nitro Express.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Aug 17 10:39 PM

I think they're rubber boots.



garnet  Wednesday Aug 18 12:00 AM

"He and Ken Holyoak, owner of the plantation, buried the beast on the property and did not want to hassle with slaughtering it since the meat of large feral hogs is typically not very good."

I'm sure you can all figure out my views on this one....but why would he kill something just to take a picture of it? This guy had no intention of using this animal for food when he decided to kill it, and I think even hunters would take issue with that. Why couldn't he take a picture of it when it was ALIVE?



wolf  Sunday Nov 14 12:59 AM

Hogzilla has his own festival now.



torped_10  Sunday Nov 14 01:37 AM

A strange way to a drug trafficking



In the strangest smuggling state the customs men in the new outlet in Alqriat managed in Saudi Arabia the revelation of a drug trafficking state it is considered the strangest
From its kind where putting the narcotic pills took place through small balloons they were inserted in the billy goats stomach and in a professional way and a catch has taken place
(204)Billy goats and she is the quantity importing Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia by one of the trucks and the discovery of this attempt indicates the intelligence of the Saudi men of the customs
And their insight and their skill . Where opening the abdomen of one of the dead billy goats took place and held an exploratory operation in the innards for the formation of the surprise and hence
I catch another billy goat and so to became clear that all imported billy goats ( a mined by the drugs ) and the catch of the criminal has taken place and it was referred to the sides
The favouring




BrianR  Sunday Nov 14 08:37 AM

Um, ick?



404Error  Sunday Nov 14 11:30 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisinhouston
...Wonder what he used to shoot him, big hogs are supposed to have skin like a rhino. Maybe something exotic like an H&H 375 or a Krieghoff .470 Nitro Express.

Uh, looks like a Mini-14 Ranch Rifle...


Wombat  Monday Nov 15 05:32 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisinhouston
Knee high wellies
Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
I think they're rubber boots.
'Wellies' is an English term for rubber boots, after the Great Duke of Wellington who wore knee-high boots. I'm not sure how the word's usage switched from leather to rubber boots.


xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 15 07:11 PM

Ah so, here Wellingtons are still leather. Must be your rainy climate.



jinx  Monday Nov 15 07:14 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce
Ah so, here Wellingtons are still leather. Must be your rainy climate.
You're just not shopping at J.Crew enough Bruce, we have rubber wellies over here too.




xoxoxoBruce  Monday Nov 15 07:25 PM

I think I hear Wellington spinning in his grave.....'bout 8k rpm.
The rubber boots are from, or copies of, the Hunter Wellington Company, no relation to the Duke and his leather boots.......and whips....and restraints.....and ball gags...

No, no j crew.



antaeus  Tuesday Nov 16 10:27 AM

Does it seem to anyone else that "hogzilla" does not appear to be 12 feet long, as the article claims? Using the guy in the ditch as a guide - and factoring in the fact that he's a little bit away - the hog seems to be pretty normal sized (from what I've seen at state fairs, anyway).



404Error  Tuesday Nov 16 01:40 PM

And speaking of oddities in pictures, does it not seem that the hand, in Jinx's picture of a girl in boots, belongs to a man?



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Nov 16 06:15 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by antaeus
Does it seem to anyone else that "hogzilla" does not appear to be 12 feet long, as the article claims? Using the guy in the ditch as a guide - and factoring in the fact that he's a little bit away - the hog seems to be pretty normal sized (from what I've seen at state fairs, anyway).
Hunters are allowed to exaggerate. Fisherman are allowed to lie.
Welcome to the Cellar, antaeus.


BrianR  Tuesday Mar 22 11:05 AM

Actually, Bruce, it now seems that he's onto something.

Experts have unearthed Hogzilla and have estimated him to be only 7-8 feet long.

Full story follows so as to allow for Yahoo link expiration:

link

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Documentary Confirms Hogzilla's Existence

Tue Mar 22, 7:48 AM ET

By ELLIOTT MINOR, Associated Press Writer

ALAPAHA, Ga. - A team of National Geographic (news - web sites) experts has confirmed south Georgia's monster hog, known to locals as Hogzilla, was indeed real and really, really big.

They also noted the super swine didn't quite live up to the 1,000-pound, 12-foot hype generated when Hogzilla was caught on a farm last summer and photographed hanging from a backhoe.

Donning biohazard suits to exhume the behemoth's smelly remains, the experts estimated Hogzilla was probably only 7 1/2 to 8 feet long, and weighed about 800 pounds. The confirmation came in a documentary aired Sunday night on the National Geographic Channel; it will be rebroadcast Wednesday and Saturday.

"He was an impressive beast. He was definitely a freak of nature," said documentary producer Nancy Donnelly. She said Hogzilla's tusks one measuring nearly 18 inches and the other nearly 16 inches set a new Safari Club International North American free-range record.

That wasn't good enough for Ken Holyoak, owner of the 1,500-acre fish farm and hunting preserve where Hogzilla was shot by guide Chris Griffin.

"I need to stress that they did not have that much to work with, seeing as how the poor beast had been underground for nearly six months," he said Monday.

Holyoak said Hogzilla weighed in at half a ton on his farm scales, and that he personally measured the hog's length at 12 feet while the freshly killed beast was dangling by straps from a backhoe.

"As with any organic being after death, tissues will decompose and the body will atrophy, making actual measurements change over time," Holyoak said. "Have you ever seen a raisin after it was a grape?"

Donnelly said the experts allowed for some shrinkage in making their final estimate.

Despite the dispute, this town 180 miles south of Atlanta has already adopted Hogzilla as its own. It went with a Hogzilla theme for its fall festival, with a parade featuring a Hogzilla princess, children in pink pig outfits and a float carrying a Hogzilla replica.

"Our insides were just bubbling," said Darlene Turner, who hosted a party to watch the documentary Sunday night. "At first, I was afraid it might be an embarrassment. But now I wish everybody could see the documentary. It would take the doubt out of people's minds."



Elspode  Tuesday Mar 22 01:37 PM

Genetic experts in this program believe that Hogzilla was a hybrid between a large domestic pig (Hershire, maybe? I don't remember now) and a wild boar.

What a monster, in any case. Even at "only" eight feet and 800 pounds, this is a large pig.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Mar 22 04:04 PM

Probably Hampshire, they're the white(light pink) hogs. 16/18 inch tusks is pretty impressive.
And like I said, hunters are allowed to exaggerate.



mitheral  Friday Apr 1 12:49 PM

Unbelievably they qualify the record on the tusks as North American Free range. Which implies that larger tusks have been found in other parts of the world.



glatt  Friday Apr 1 01:15 PM

Speaking of big tusks. Check out these horns.



lookout123  Friday Apr 1 01:21 PM

that is most impressive glatt. i wonder if this causes problems with the animal's neck/back. that has to be a lot of wait to hold up.



glatt  Friday Apr 1 01:27 PM

I am similarly impressed. I initially thought it was a Photoshop job until I saw the numerous pictures from different angles.



Clodfobble  Friday Apr 1 02:14 PM

i wonder if this causes problems with the animal's neck/back. that has to be a lot of wait to hold up.


Well, his name is probably Lurch for a reason.



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