Herd of javelinas killed in Scottsdale; 2 babies survive

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by Mike Watkiss

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Posted on September 30, 2013 at 6:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 4:09 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A driver wiped out almost an entire herd of javelinas in North Scottsdale. Eight animals were killed, but two babies survived.

It appears that someone driving near Shea Boulevard and 132nd Street Sunday night struck the herd of javelinas, then hauled the bodies off to the side of the road. Two young animals somehow survived.

"A good Samaritan called us about these two little guys who were obviously orphaned," said Kim Carr of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center.

"Javelinas travel together in a group," Carr said. "It's possible since it was at night that people didn't see them and might have run right over them. It is kind of odd that they all died and these guys somehow survived and probably fled the scene and were hiding somewhere and that's maybe why they weren't initially found."

After a caller reported the dead animals on the side of the road Sunday night, a volunteer from Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center went out and rescued the two babies. The young javelinas are thought to be just a week or two old.

"They would not have survived long," Carr said. "Little javelinas this size would have been gone pretty quickly."

But now staffers are providing the young javelinas with plenty of TLC, with the hope of eventually releasing them back into the wild.

"It's amazing that there are some survivors. Luckily these guys got rescued," Carr said. "It's just so sad to see an entire herd taken out."

 

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