Information about: Peccary

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Peccary. An American animal of the swine family and related to the wild boar of Europe. It is found from the Red river southward through Mexico, Central and South America as far as Patagonia. Both jaws are fitted with long tusks, and when enraged it fights with great courage and ferocity. Its food consists of nuts, seeds, roots, and small animals. The peccary is provided with a musk gland which gives the flesh a strong flavor; but if this is removed as soon as the animal is dead, the meat is said to be palatable. The collared peccary is of a grayish-black color and has a narrow band of white around the neck. The white-lipped peccary is larger than the collared and has white hair on the upper lip.