Congressman finds skunk pig in his yard

Rep. David SchweikertDavid SchweikertRyan leaves legacy of tax cuts and deficits Paul Ryan’s successor must embrace the House Freedom Caucus Congress votes to expand deficit — and many in GOP are unhappy MORE (R-Ariz.) wasn’t kidding when he told us exotic animals run wild just steps from his abode.

Over the weekend, the congressman posted a photo on Twitter of one of his two pet cats, Leo, staring out the window at an unusual-looking, four-legged creature busy checking out the grass on the lawn. Schweikert wrote, “Look, Mom! There’s a big beast in our yard!”

It turns out the “beast” is actually a javelina, which have made a habit of running around outside Schweikert’s Arizona home. We hear the javelinas — members of the pig family that can weigh in at nearly 90 pounds — have even tried to take up residence with the Schweikert family, attempting to wiggle their way into the house via their canine Charlie’s dog-door.

Back in February, Schweikert mentioned the javelinas, also called skunk pigs, when explaining his affinity for wearing boots: “I also live out in the middle of the desert, so if you step outside my front door, you’re just as likely to run into a javelina or a rattlesnake as a cactus.”