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The wild pig is called a saína in Costa Rica and much of Central America. The correct English term would be peccary, although that word has Caribbean roots. These also are called javalinas.

The animal is a species separate from the European pig, which is an import.  But they are as edible.

So this female was saved from the stove when Fuerza Pública officers found it caged in a remote ravine in Pococí, Limón. Workers from the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía will put the critter in a refuge until it can be released.

This one fared better than the one whose head police found being carried by a motorcyclist earlier this week.

The taking of wild animals is illegal. But a 50- to 60-pound package of free meat is hard for some to resist.wildpigtwo061214

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