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Peccaries (also called "javelinas") are large pig-like animals widespread through much of northern South America and into the southeastern U.S. Their closest relatives are pigs, but they are in a different family (Tayassuidae). Unlike pigs, peccaries only raise one or two young and the piglets are able to run and follow the mother soon after birth. There are two species, the collared peccary and white-lipped peccary. The collared peccary is the more common and widespread of the two types. This animal is widely hunted for meat (see peccary skulls), and is becoming locally rare in places.

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The Collared Peccary (Tayassu tajacu) is one of the most widespread of Amazon mammals. They live in large herds of up to 50 individuals, foraging for a variety of food including fruits, seeds, leaves and small animals.

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baby peccary photo

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Peccaries are among the most widely hunted animals, so piglets are often retrieved by hunters and taken home to be raised for the pot.

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