Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP
BERLIN — A herd of cows in Germany has gained an unlikely following, after adopting a lone boar piglet.
Farmer Friedrich Stapel told the dpa news agency he spotted the piglet among the herd in the central German community of Brevoerde about three weeks ago. He had probably lost his party while crossing a nearby river.
Stapel said that although he knows what extensive damage wild boars can cause, he cannot bring himself to hunt the animal, dpa reported on Thursday.
The local hunter has been told not to shoot the piglet – nicknamed Frieda – and in winter Stapel plans to put it in the shed with the mother cows.
“Leaving him alone now would be unfair,” he told dpa.