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Kingdom: Animalia; Phylum: Chordata; Class: Mammalia; Order: Artiodactyla; Family: Suidae; Subfamily: Suinae; Genus: Sus -- but which specie?!
endemic to the Philippines and occurs through most of the country. Threat and Conservation The Philippine wild pigs are technically fully protected by Philippine law. Unfortunately, however, the generally extreme levels of deforestation on most islands on which they occur, coupled with intense hunting pressure, inadequate legal protection and the poor enforcement of existing legislation even within most protected areas, have resulted in the systematic decline of all Philippine populations of these animals. To improve these pigs’ situation, programs to educate local people and to alter their negative attitudes towards wild pigs have been recommended. Further research into its exact distribution, status, and biology has also been suggested, which will help inform any conservation or management plan for the Philippine wild pigs.
I don't know which of the several wild pig species found in the Philippines this one is. I know it's vulnerable but I had no idea what to do with it when I saw it leashed at the side of the road (outside of a local's house) as I was walking back from Pangil River Eco-Park . . .