About a month ago I posted on the giant feral hog that an 11-year old kid shot in Alabama. So the story went, this kid was out hunting, came across this monster, and shot it. It was supposedly the largest wild hog on record. The kid’s dad put up a website the same day and the kid was on his way to his 15 minutes of fame on all the national TV talk shows when it came out that the whole thing wasn’t quite as described.
Apparently the giant hog was raised as a pet and hand fed by an elderly couple. When the animal got too large for them to deal with, they sold it to a game farm. The father paid for the kid to ‘hunt’ the hog in a fenced field, where he shot it a number of times before killing it. Dear old dad had the website all ready to go, but didn’t quit there.
As you can see from this website, there was a fair amount of Photoshop diddling with the pictures to make the hog look even larger than it was.
Chalk another one up to the online press (numerous articles) for outing this scam. You’ve got to watch these good ol’ boys from the South. I, of all people, should have known.