Earlier this year, a meme went viral on Twitter involving a dangerous pack of feral hogs.
Prompted by THIS response to a post about assault weapons.
Legit question for rural Americans – How do I kill the 30-50 feral hogs that run into my yard within 3-5 mins while my small kids play?
— Willie McNabb (@WillieMcNabb) August 4, 2019
You may remember some of the funnier entries:
I found one of the 30-50 feral hogs on our hike today, and I have my child with me. What do you expect me to do? pic.twitter.com/SZb68zT9UV
— Ben Seck â˜•ï¸ðŸðŸ’² (@TBSdash) August 17, 2019
remember in hxh when they had to fight off 30-50 feral hogs and they didnt need any guns to do it …. pic.twitter.com/7s9OfQU1j9
— tails (@bungeebysmal) August 18, 2019
Somebody tell the guy with the 30-50 feral hogs about these people. Maybe they can help https://t.co/BlLzCf0I2p
— Rachel (@harl0tt) August 17, 2019
Whenever 30-50 feral hogs come charging into my backyard, menacing my children, I immediately grab my assault rifle and my 100-round magazine and hop into my Huey. Then I cue up "The Ride of the Valkyries." pic.twitter.com/NXn2MK2oEs
— Christopher Myers (@myerschrisj) August 18, 2019
In a shocking turn of events, however, it seems a woman in Texas was actually killed by a pack of feral hogs as she was on her way to work.
Christine Rollins, 59, was walking into the home of the elderly couple she acts as caretaker for when police believe she was attacked and killed by feral hogs.
Authorities were hesitant to announce the cause of death until an autopsy confirmed it, but the medical examiner was eventually able to determine she died from blood loss “due to feral hog assault.”
So the guy worried about 30 to 50 feral hogs….may have had a point. https://t.co/keWqgYvahV
— Heidi N. Moore (@moorehn) November 26, 2019
Chambers County Sheriff Brian Hawthorne commented:
“In my 35 years, I will tell you it’s one of the worst things I’ve ever seen.”
Feral hogs are really having a year, huh https://t.co/lc0b2ruWNr
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) November 26, 2019
The medical examiner was able to determine hogs as the culprit from the shape and variety of the bite marks.
“There is no question in the medical examiner’s mind that this was feral hogs that caused her death.”
ummm i thought feral hogs were made up pic.twitter.com/nKKdKzeCXf
— Lienna (@liennayc) November 26, 2019
— Katt Purr âœŠðŸ¿âœŠðŸ½âœŠâœŠðŸ» (@katt_purr) November 26, 2019
When she didn’t arrive for work, one of Rollins’ 84-year-old clients checked the yard and called 911 but it was too late.
feral hogs turned out to be a considerably more imminent threat than quicksand ,and I think we all owe someone an apology https://t.co/fkButZIq8I
— Mary Beth Bethbeth (@julezasaurus) November 26, 2019
Feral hogs have become a very real nuisance in the area, and have taken over several pastures in the Chambers County area.
I get no satisfaction in saying I told everyone so but ….
Feral Hogs are very real & very dangerous. https://t.co/4dzPzRcLnF
— Willie McNabb (@WillieMcNabb) November 26, 2019
The city offered their condolences to Rollins’s family, calling her death “unbelievably tragic.” They’ve also gone out of their way to remind people that feral hog attacks are incredibly rare.