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Wild Boar Named "Banana" Is Adopted By A Herd Of Cattle

"This pig has special status."

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Banana the wild pig has decided to give up its life in the forest to live with a small herd of cattle in Germany.
Markus Scholz / AP

Banana the wild pig has decided to give up its life in the forest to live with a small herd of cattle in Germany.

If friends are the family you choose, a wild boar in Germany has chosen his new family: A herd of cattle in the pastureland just outside his forest.

The boar, which the locals have nicknamed Banana, started coming out of the forest a couple months ago to hang out with eight cattle on pastureland north of Hamburg.

The Associated Press reported that the land's farmer, Dirk Reese, told a local news outlet that Banana has since been adopted by the herd.

"He's fully integrated into the herd, which is fascinating," Reese said.

Banana the boar with his new cattle family.
Markus Scholz / AP

Banana the boar with his new cattle family.

Banana is thought to be a young boar, which typically leave their female-dominated sounder at around 8 months to either live in loosely knit groups or mate. Otherwise, it's a solitary life outside the short breeding season each year.

Seems like Banana, though, isn't quite ready to be on his own, and in the process, has become somewhat of a local celebrity, the German Press Agency reported.

"This pig has a special status," Reese said.