We were taking a walk in Les Grouets when we sighted this boar head on a garage. The sign beneath says “Le Petit Vautrait”. A “vautrait” is a pack of hounds for wild boar hunting. We’re just next door to Sologne, the former hunting ground of François I.
C’est en se promenant dans le quartier des Grouets que nous avons vu ce sanglier sur un garage. En dessous: Le Petit Vautrait, un vautrait étant un équipage de chiens courants spécialement destinés à la chasse au sanglier. Nous sommes presqu’en Sologne, terrain de chasse de François I.
6 replies on “Boar sighting in Blois – Sanglier vu à Blois”
I wonder how the idea of mounting an animal’s head on your garage (or whatever) got started… and continues to be practiced.
You’ve seen others? This was the first time – though I’ve seen plenty inside.
Not outside. I would guess they would not hold up well under the elements… on the other hand I guess they did while the animal was alive !
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