JAVELINA (Have-uh-WHAT?) by Gene K. Garison
You may need a little help with this book’s title. All together now, have-uh-LEE-nah. It’s a children’s non-fiction book, delightfully illustrated by the author and photographer Al Brown. You’ll see the cover at the bottom of my widgets on the right.
Javelinas are wild pig-like animals that roam the Sonoran Desert, which
is located in the Southwestern part of the United States in Arizona, Mexico,
Central America and parts of South America. They can look ferocious.
I photographed them through a window in my house. Hackles up are a threat. I have to be careful not to make any sudden movements that would cause him to crash through. I don’t know what I would have done with a full-grown javelina in the house. It wouldn’t have been pretty.
Some people don’t like them because they destroy plants, especially the
bulbs of flowers. My advice is to use native plants. There are plenty that produce gorgeous blossoms.
Javelinas live off the land, so how do you expect them to make a decision about whether or not a luscious-looking plant belongs to someone else? They don’t think like that. I believe that it’s a “finders keepers” decision.
Here’s a page from the book showing one of the enemies, a coyote:
They have enough to worry about — coyotes, bobcats, hunters when it’s
Javelina season, and being good parents. They are that. I watch them from our house, always with a camera nearby, as they herd their families to water and guard the little ones diligently. Sometimes they lie down and take naps, then head home in single file down the dry desert washes.
Can you tell by reading this short portion that I enjoyed writing this little book?
They hear every sound—
footsteps making crunching noises
on gravel, squirrels scurrying,
a turtle plodding across the land.
They smell all of these things,
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Note: Javelina (Have-uh-WHAT?) may be ordered wherever you buy your books. Bookstores may want the ISBN, 978-1-4528725-3-7, check them out at online booksellers. Kindle has them too.