Constant Mounting! Is This Normal?

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My 2.5 year old boar Harry is recently bereaved so I got him a new male friend, Tufty, who the lady at the adoption centre reckoned is about 1.5- 2 years old. I did the introductions 2 weeks ago and after Tufty spent a full evening showing his dominance by mounting Harry incessantly, they settled in ok together. Tufty would sometimes chase Harry or do the odd bit of rumblestrutting but nothing unusual.

Today is a different story. Tufty has spent the entire day mounting Harry. The thing is, Harry has never tried to display any dominance at all. He always runs and squeals. So why won't Tufty leave him alone? I noticed a couple times after he'd mounted Harry he started popcorning. Is this possibly just some random surge of hormones?

I should mention their cage is 2x5 so they have enough space. I did put grids in the middle to separate them just now, so Harry can get a little peace overnight. They're both biting the bars separating them now!

So is it normal for a boar to mount his cagemate over and over for hours and hours when the mate has only ever submitted to him?
 

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My 2.5 year old boar Harry is recently bereaved so I got him a new male friend, Tufty, who the lady at the adoption centre reckoned is about 1.5- 2 years old. I did the introductions 2 weeks ago and after Tufty spent a full evening showing his dominance by mounting Harry incessantly, they settled in ok together. Tufty would sometimes chase Harry or do the odd bit of rumblestrutting but nothing unusual.

Today is a different story. Tufty has spent the entire day mounting Harry. The thing is, Harry has never tried to display any dominance at all. He always runs and squeals. So why won't Tufty leave him alone? I noticed a couple times after he'd mounted Harry he started popcorning. Is this possibly just some random surge of hormones?

I should mention their cage is 2x5 so they have enough space. I did put grids in the middle to separate them just now, so Harry can get a little peace overnight. They're both biting the bars separating them now!

So is it normal for a boar to mount his cagemate over and over for hours and hours when the mate has only ever submitted to him?
Hi! This is not at all uncommon for overexcited boars - they can do it with sows, too (neutered or not!)
Please separate if the mounting is getting too much for Henry and he can't eat, sleep or drink in peace.

Bonding: Illustrated Dominance Behaviours And Dynamics (See chapter on boars)
 
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