Collared Peccary

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Collared Peccary

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Character Data
Japanese Name: クビワペッカリー
Romanised Name: Kubiwapekkarī
First Featured in: Kemono Friends (2015 Game)
Animal Data
Scientific Name: Pecari tajacu
Distribution: The Americas
Diet: Omnivore
Average Lifespan in the Wild: 10 years
Read More: Collared peccary
Conservation Status: Status iucn3.1 LC.svg.png
Collared Peccary Festival Nexon Game

The Collared Peccary is a type of Friend that appeared in the original Kemono Friends mobile game.

Appearance

Collared Peccary's old design has large black hair with twintails attached by three scrunchies that reaches at least below the shoulders, and a fringe that reaches the eyebrows. Her skin is pale and her eyes brown, she holds a delighted smile. She clearly has a sailor-style collar with a blue bow tie. She wears full-length black sleeves, high-thighs and black loafers. As the other Friends, she carries the tail and the ears that belong to her specie, but also the wear a white collar around the neck which represent the ring of white fur around the neck of the animal she's based on.

Collared Peccary's new design has darker and longer hair with twintails only attached by one scrunchie, and decorated with a sticker which represents a pig's snout. Unlike the previous design, she wears a grey sweatshirt with a pocket on the belly, a more regular collar. Compared to the old design, she has a separated circular skirt with pressed-in ridges, and more normal shoes.

In Real Life

Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu)

The collared peccary is a species of mammal in the family Tayassuidae. They are commonly referred to as javelina, saíno or báquiro, although these terms are also used to describe other species in the family. The species is also known as the musk hog. Collared Peccaries are often confused with pigs due to their appearance. Their coat is a grizzled grayish black throughout, except for a yellowish tinge on the cheeks and a whitish to yellowish collar extending the mane, over the shoulders, and to the throat. While males and females are very similar in size and color, young are a yellowish brown color, with a black stripe down the back. Collared Peccaries have short, straight tusks that fit together tightly enough to hone eachother down with every jaw movement. This razor sharpness gives this species its common name: Javelina: a javelin is a lightweight, tip-shaped spear.

Collared Peccaries are primarily herbivorous, and have complex stomachs for digesting coarsely-chewed food. In its southern range, this species eats a variety of foods, including berries, grass, roots, beans, nuts and cacti. In fact they rely very heavily on cacti such as the prickly pear since they have a very high water content. A good source of water is important in the drier climates. These animals will supplement their diet with animals such as insects and small lizards. This species is also capable of eating cultivated planted by humans.

Predators of this pig-like animal include coyotes, cougars, and jaguars, although the young and weak may also be preyed upon by bobcats, ocelots and the boa constrictor. The sharp upper canines and large herd formations are some of the defense mechanisms used by peccaries to protect themselves.

Collared peccaries are social animals which form bands generally ranging from 6 and 12 members. This group of animals will do almost everything together from foraging to sleeping and eating. Only the old and sick don't band up since they prefer to die in on their own. These bands are usually lead by a dominant male with the rest of the pecking order determined by size. Due to the extremely hot temperatures in musk-hog's range, they tend to be most active during the cooler mornings and evenings. The rest of the day the peccaries will seek the shade or stay close to permanent watering holes since they are not able to cool themselves off by panting. They sleep in burrows, often under the roots of trees, but sometimes can be found in caves or under logs. This species is vocal, several calls have been classified into three categories: aggressive, submissive, and alert. Although they usually ignore humans, they will react if they feel threatened. They defend themselves with their tusks. A collared peccary will release a strong musk or give a sharp bark if it is alarmed.

Trivia

Running Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu)
  • Babies are known as "reds" because they are covered with red fur at birth.
  • The name peccary is believed to come from the Tupi language of Brazil and mean “many paths through the woods.”

References

1. "Pecari tajacu" Animal Diversity Web. ADW.

2. "Collared Peccary". The Animal Facts.

3. "Collared Peccary". A-Z-animals.

4. "Pecari tajacu". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2011.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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