Javelina

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America’s favorite furry friend? This running javelina

Viral video shows just how fast a wild herbivore can run.

Feb 26, 2020, 8:17 am

Internet Culture

Nahila Bonfiglio 

Nahila Bonfiglio

A video of a wild javelina dashing down a street in Tucson, Arizona, has been making the rounds online.

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The brief video shows a mid-sized peccary sprinting down a city street. The clip, shared to Facebook by Arizona realtor Damion Alexander, quickly evolved from oddly humorous to mesmerizing before it emerged as the week’s newest meme.

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The speed. The grace. The deep purpose behind each speedy step captivated viewers. Soon, the internet was awash with jokes about the boar-like beast and where, exactly, it was headed so swiftly.

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There was no shortage of Sonic the Hedgehog jokes.

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Then, people began imagining soundtracks for the captivating clip. “Barracuda” by Heart is a personal favorite. Or, as one commenter brilliantly put it, “Boarracuda.”

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The clip also provided a stellar opportunity to bring back a meme from August. The “30-50 feral hogs” meme, which swept Twitter last year, married perfectly with the speedy little beastie. “Only 1? I was told there would be 30-50,” one person wrote.

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Most commonly, however, the clip was educational. It turns out, there are a lot of people out there who’ve never seen a javelina. Newcomers to the furred herbivores were equal parts baffled and horrified. “Is… is it a pig,” one commenter asked. “How have I lived for 44 years and have zero knowledge of this animal???”

H/T Mashable

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*First Published: Feb 26, 2020, 8:17 am