In a secluded valley in the Serra da Sao Mamede, Alto Alentejo, Portugal.

Wild boar piglet in Portugal's Sao Mamede Natural Park.

Wild boar piglet in Portugal's Sao Mamede Natural Park.

In the excitement to get this shot the camera's ISO setting was not correctly selected so camera shake blurs this image. It is easy to make out the stripes on its back.

This was take in July so this is probably still a suckling pig (Javali Leitao in Portuguese).

Are wild boar dangerous?

At the Quinta the slightest noise you make will send even the largest wild boar hurtling down the mountain stream. So no, there is no danger from these shy creatures. However this photo proves that it is still possible to see wild boar if you are quiet.

They normally sleep well hidden during the day. In this instance we heard a distant clatter in the stream late in the afternoon and we carefully stalked them. The babble of the stream helped to mask our footsteps. It wasn't long before they detected us in our bright clothes so our encounter was short. Next time we will set up the camera properly.