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Hungry black bear investigates pig pen and quickly learns they’re not easy prey
This footage provides some hilarious insight into the structure of a hog family. Hammy and Mary are quite the team.
Kristin Danley-Greiner
06.29.22

Black bears can be found roaming the forests, mountainous areas and even the swamps of North America.

While they’re the smallest of the bears found in North America, they are pretty tough.

They’re considered to be opportunistic eaters.

Meaning they feed on whatever is available. In fact, in the spring and summer, black bears might consume an average of 5,000 calories each day.

And they seek out food that’s right in front of them.

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That skyrockets to 20,000 calories per day as they prepare for hibernation.

Bacon in the backyard

In the back of Kevin David’s New Milford, Connecticut, property, a black bear was spotted on his Ring doorbell footage.

Imagine this black bear’s excitement when it spied two very rotund pigs named Hammy and Mary simply chilling in their pen.

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Just asking for it

It’s as if the live bacon was literally sitting there waiting for the bear to dine.

The black bear ambled over to the fenced-in pen to check out what it hoped would become an easy lunch.

The incident unfolded in March, which is when bears are fresh out of hibernation, and boy are they hungry!

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The bear tests the pigs’ mettle through the square-paneled fence at first, then swoops his arm in probably hoping to snatch a pig that way. But it doesn’t work.

Determined black bear

He decides it’s worth a shot to see if he can swiftly pounce on the pigs and enjoy a hearty meal. So he lumbers up the side of the fence and balances on the top railing.

He falls backward and one of the pigs, Hammy, charges at him through the fence to issue a warning.

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But the clueless and hungry bear pays no mind to the surprisingly aggressive pig.

WWE in the Pig pen

He gives it another shot and leaps into the pen, pouncing on top of poor Hammy like it’s a WWE match.

This pair of pigs are ready to tag team inside the wrestling ring, a.k.a. the pig pen, because the second pig comes shooting out of the shed and charges after the bear.

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At this point, the big guy freaks out and appears to press its back into the corner.

Apparently, the pair of pigs just aren’t worth the effort no matter how tasty they might be.

They engage in a brief stare-down with the bear, who realizes he made a big mistake by not giving these pigs enough credit.

These swine weren’t giving up the bacon

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The bear wastes no time in leaping out of the pen.

He seems to be a bit peeved at the pigs and wanders back to the fence, then thinks twice and eventually meanders off.

“They’re fine … They’re some heavy pigs and we’re pretty sure that bear is still a cub,” David said.

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According to LiveScience, pigs tend to rely on their speed if attacked.

If “cornered,” however, they will fight with their “razor-sharp” tusks, which can grow to be about three inches long.

These pigs proved that point when Mary darted out of their little house to protect her buddy Hammy. She wasn’t about to let him get eaten by that bear.

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See these impressive pigs hold their turf against a hungry bear in the video below!

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By Kristin Danley-Greiner
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Kristin Danley-Greiner is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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