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This pig has a new name.

A Russian boar in a German animal park has changed its name from Putin to Eberhofer because of the Russian-Ukrainian war.

Eckard Mickish, the operator of Waldhaus Mehlmeisel in Mehlmeisel, Germany, told Reuters the boar was named after Russian President Vladimir Putin three years ago when he arrived at the animal park because of his genetic patrimony.

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The Russian wild boar weighs nearly 441 pounds (200 kg), about three times more than pigs typically found in Germany, Reuters reported.

A Russian boar formerly called Putin was renamed Eberhofer following the Russo-Ukrainian War.
(REUTERS/Michaela Rehle)

Mickish told Reuters that after Russia invaded Ukraine, he began to feel uneasy about the boar’s name and worried what Ukrainian visitors would think of it.

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Eberhofer searches for food in the Bavarian animal park in Mehlmeisel, Germany, on April 19, 2022.
(REUTERS/Michaela Rehle)

It was then that he decided to launch a call for a new name for the pig on social media.

According to Reuters, 2,700 suggestions were received and the name of a policeman from a popular Bavarian book series, Eberhofer, was chosen by vote.

Eberhofer was baptized with his new name on Tuesday, April 19.

Eberhofer was baptized with his new name on Tuesday, April 19.
(REUTERS/Michaela Rehle)

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The boar was given its new name on Tuesday afternoon. According to Reuters, there was a marzipan and cookie cake decorated with pigs.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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