Pictures of a deceased feral pig that was hunted and shot on a ranch in Morgan Hill, California, surfaced on Reddit and quickly went viral as social media users attempted to solve the mystery of why its insides were not what anyone expected.
The Reddit user explained that his in-laws shot the wild hog, which is fairly common in the area as wild hogs are considered pests known to damage land and crops. Unlike other pests, the benefit of taking down a feral hog is that you can butcher it and enjoy its meat.
But when they went to slice the beast open, they were taken aback by what they found. The fat inside the hog, which is usually white in color was instead a shade of neon blue.
Theories about why this hog’s fat was blue were plentiful, with some insisting that the pig drank from a body of water near a candy factory or similar plant that uses blue food dyes. Others were sure that the pig had ingested some type of poison known to have similar effects.
One poster uploaded a photo taken from a file that showed a skinned hog’s body with the same type of blue fat and claimed it was from “baited grain,” which means that whatever it was eating was intentionally poisoned.
While thousands of Internet scientists offered up their conclusions, the ranchers who shot the pig sent a sample of the fat to the nearby University of California, Davis in an attempt to learn definitively why this hog’s fat was so different.
Interestingly, the hog’s muscle meat was reportedly in perfect shape, with no sign of the blue coloring. The Reddit user also said that his or her in-laws have shot feral hogs on the ranch in the past, but never one with blue fat (H/T Mad World News).
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