ii2 WILD SPORTS OF BURMA AND ASSAM
soon after capture. The horns were about io inches in length, much curved backwards.
THE WILD HOG (Sus indicus)
Pigs are numerous in Burma, but I have never known them in ridable ground there. In our jungle trips we used to shoot a few as a change of diet for ourselves and also for our Burmese and Madrassie followers, who rather admire their flesh. In the remote jungles they are, as a rule, clean feeders, simply because they can get no offal ; but shoot a beast and leave it, and a sounder of hog will soon find it and devour it. 1 am speaking of the heavier jungles, where vultures had not caught sight of the slain. The Burmese boars are very large and possess splendid tushes. They are wonderfully plucky. One day at Burpettah news of a kill by a tiger was brought us, and Campbell and I on a huge Muckna, and Farquharson on one of mine, went out to try and get a shot. To get to the kill we had to go three miles along the Government road which I had but lately constructed ; the country was open on both sides. We had done about two-thirds of the distance, when we saw an old grizzly boar walking along, and he crossed the road about 60 yards ahead of us, and after going some 50 yards or so, he pulled up, staring at us. When we got opposite, in fun I called out a Whoof whoof! a Up went his bristles, down went his head, and he, with a a Whoof whoof! a also, charged down upon us. We could not help laughing at his audacity. He pulled up after going some 20 or 30 yards, eying us viciously, so I yelled out a Whoof whoof! a again. This was more than his hogship could stand, and he made for us as straight as a dart. It was time to stop his little game, so we up with our rifles and gave him a broadside. Being severely wounded, he turned off and made for the forest, but we did not allow him to escape, but followed him up and killed him. Now considering he was not 3^ feet in height, and our elephant over 10 feet, the pluck of the beast may be imagined.