Story: Introduced animal pests

Pig rubbing damage (2nd of 2)

Pig rubbing damage

The trunk of this tree fern has almost been worn through by pigs – they have rubbed their tusks and tough skins against it. Such trees and logs are often covered in mud, as pigs wallow in mud holes to rid themselves of lice and other parasites before enjoying a good scratch against a tree.

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Bob Brockie, 'Introduced animal pests - Deer, goats, pigs and wasps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/10139/pig-rubbing-damage (accessed 30 January 2022)

Story by Bob Brockie, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 1 Jul 2015