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German zoo changes the name of the pig from Vladimir Putin

MEHLMEISEL, German — A zoo in Bavaria that had named one of its wild boars Putin because of its Russian genetic heritage held a ceremony on Tuesday to rename the hairy pig to a German name following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Eckard Mickish, operator of the park just outside the town of Mehlmeisel, said he named the boar after Russian President Vladimir Putin after he arrived three years ago, as he had been bred from purebred boars from Russia.

At almost 441 pounds, the hog weighed about three times that of those typically found in Germany, he said.

But lately, when Mickish has had to make a boar appeal for visitors, mentioning Putin gave him a shiver, given the war that was just unfolding in the West. He also worried about how Ukrainian visitors would feel.

He soon concluded that no pig deserved the name, so the park announced on social media that it was looking for a new name. Around 2,700 suggestions were received and Eberhofer – the name of a police officer from a popular Bavarian book series – won the vote.

Russian President Vladimir Putin
The wild boar was named after Russian President Vladimir Putin because it was bred from a wild boar in Russia.
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The wild boar
The wild boar is now called Eberhofer after fans made nearly 3,000 suggestions on social media.
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Wild boar Eberhofer is looking for food in the Bavarian wildlife park Mehlmeisel on April 19th, 2022.
Eberhofer is a large pig weighing over 400 pounds.
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The boar was rechristened Tuesday in a ceremony that included a marzipan and biscuit cake decorated with five pink smiling pigs.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/20/german-animal-park-changes-pigs-name-from-vladimir-putin/ German zoo changes the name of the pig from Vladimir Putin

DUSTIN JONES

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