The boys bag a boar. Compludo, North Western Castile and León, Spain. 2009

Engogirl and I went to a medieval iron works, Herrería de Compludo, yesterday.  The road was so narrow, that we couldn’t turn the car around to go back to Ponferrada, so we drove on down the dirt road to the tiny village of Compludo. As we entered the village we had to come to a halt because the road was blocked by a large group of men, dogs and 4WDs.

We stopped the car and got out to see what was going on and this is part of what we saw.

A group of hunters had killed a wild boar and were weighing it (94kg2 or 207lbs) while the villagers appeared from all directions to take photos, admire and congratulate.

9 thoughts on “The boys bag a boar. Compludo, North Western Castile and León, Spain. 2009”

  1. That’s not something you see on the road everyday. It looks like you caught an action shot of the bloke at the front right giving the pig a body slam. Great photo!!!

  2. That wild thing looks like it’s suspended or rolling over mid-air! I presume there’s a scale somewhere underneath it but, ooowhee, I’d not want to be close up to one of things when it was alive. why were you going to a medieval iron works??

  3. Tony

    I’ll say! All the same I was glad to stumble upon some non-touristy local action.


    The boar is suspended by it’s hind leg from an old style balance scale hanging from the tree. You can see the counterweight near the guy with the blue hat’s face.

    As for the medieval iron works; have you forgetten already that I’m married to an engineer? It was a very interesting place and I’ll probably do a post about it when I get back.

  4. Donald

    You’re so right. I bet there aren’t too many people who’ve been to Europe see such scenes. I feel lucky to have come across it.


    I haven’t weighed that little since my early 20’s……

    you bastard!

  5. Blimmin’ ‘eck. At that weight, no wonder farmers hate them. Apparently wild boar are a major cause of erosion in some parts of Europe. With a snout like that, I can see why.

  6. Epic

    You’re so right. I’ve seen very large areas, like a couple of acres in a national park back home, that have been trashed by feral pigs. They are amazingly destructive. If I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I wouldn’t have believed it.



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