May
27
2007

The Return of the Son of Hogzilla

The recipe for my world-famous Hogzilla:
2 slices of ham (thick!)
½ lb bacon (cooked to taste)
2 hotdogs, cut lengthwise (for a true Hogzilla, try not to use all-beef dogs)

Place the bacon on one of the slices of ham. On top of the bacon, arrange your hotdog slices like a # sign (this will help hold everything together). Top everything off with the remaining slice of ham. Microwave, and enjoy your Hogzilla.

It turns out that I’m not the only person using the term “Hogzilla.” Far from it.
However, for those of you who are only familiar with the Hogzilla sandwich, the word is now also used to describe several wild hogs that have been killed in the southern United States.

In June of 2004, a man claimed to have killed a 12-foot, 1000 pound wild pig on his farm/hunting reserve in Alapaha, Georgia. Always the Doubting Thomas, National Geographic had the animal exhumed in March of 2005, and found it to be a measly 800 pound 8-footer (although I’m not sure if they accounted for the 8 months the animal had spent underground not being alive). Check out this link for a picture.

Another monster pig was supposedly killed in Georgia in January of this year, one in the neighborhood of 1000 pounds. Pictures of this beast, unfortunately, are not to be found, and I, for one, only believe what I can see in possibly photoshopped internet images. The hunter did display the animal’s head in Trifton, GA, during auditions for the upcoming Hogzilla movie. The head was reported to be “pretty neat.”

In just the last week, a third Hogzilla story has surfaced, which, if true, would have us with an even larger dead pig on our hands. An eleven-year-old boy and his pet gun claim to have killed a 9’ 4”, 1050 pound wild hog on a commercial hunting preserve in Alabama. Check out this picture, too. The head is being stuffed, and the rest of the animal is being turned into 500-700 pounds of sausage.
A New Giant Feral Pig: A boy and his handgun. Oh, also a huge, huge pig. (photo by Melynne Stone)
A New Giant Feral Pig: A boy and his handgun. Oh, also a huge, huge pig. (photo by Melynne Stone)

The original Hogzilla was said to be a mix of domesticated Hampshire pig and wild boar (descendants, in part, of pigs introduced to the Americas by Spanish explorers in the Fifteenth Century). The other record holders are probably something very similar. Wild boars are often characterized by slightly longer legs, and dark, bristly hair, in particular along the spine (which is why they are sometimes called “razorbacks”), although domestic pigs become feral readily, and mix with wild populations.

The Twin Cities are woefully short when it comes to giant wild boars. We do have a strong population of feral rock doves, or pigeons, but they aren’t as likely to revert to something giant and bristly in the wild, and so make for much less impressive trophies. Unless you had a pile of them, or something.

Links:
The Most Recent Hogzilla

Feral Animals

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

Now THAT is one big pig!

posted on Mon, 05/28/2007 - 12:17pm
maureen's picture
maureen says:

good job son i cant believe you wernt scared i would of ran the other way and got a bigger gun good job rambo... keep a watch out for even bigger ones maybe your dad will buy you a bigger gun for bigger game lol
760 mowie

posted on Sat, 06/23/2007 - 12:46pm

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