Wild pigs can at times be very dangerous. Especially when threatened or they mistake you for food, which is apparently what happened to a soldier during a Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) rotation in Fort Polk, Louisiana.
For those that are not military JRTC is a14 day long war game that takes place in the middle of the Louisiana swamp. It attempts to simulate jungle battlefield conditions. Just imagine it as a two-week long kick in the nuts.
It was on one of these training rotations that the incident happened. According to U.S. Army WTF! Moments, a soldier was sleeping next to a pile of MRE trash when he was mistaken for some food.
Unit leadership failed to identify a designated sleeping area, resulting in Soldiers seeking out available positions for executing a rest plan, in a disorganized manner. The Soldier wandered away from the rest of the unit and bedded down next to a pile of MRE trash. At approximately 0010L the Soldier was bitten in the face by a wild hog, that was foraging among the trash pile. The Soldier was evacuated to JASR immediately and will require stitches for the bite injury.
I am sure the soldier will make a full recovery and have a scar and a story to tell everyone at the bar.