A wild pig with bright blue flesh was found in California — and no one knows why

Business Insider – by Danielle Andrew

When a couple out on their ranch in Morgan Hill, California, saw a wild pig roaming the brush, they decided to shoot it and take it home for meat. After transporting the pig back home and draining its blood, the pair cut open the pig, ready to skin and portion it, only to find this wild hog was hiding something quite unusual below the surface.  

Wild Pig Blue Flesh

The pair were shocked to find that its fat was bright blue.

Wild Pig Blue Flesh

According to the original post, all the fat within the body was consistently stained blue. Its meat and blood, however, were of normal color.

Wild Pig Blue Flesh

The couple have shot and eaten other wild pigs on their ranch and claim to never have found a specimen like this one.

Questions were raised whether an old copper mine in the vicinity may have caused the blue coloring, but according to the post there are only old, filled-in mercury mines in the nearby area.

Samples of the pig have been sent over to the University of California at Davis to uncover the source of the unusual coloring.

Read the original article on IFL Science. Copyright 2015. Follow IFL Science on Twitter.


4 thoughts on “A wild pig with bright blue flesh was found in California — and no one knows why

Join the Conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *