Pierre Merle tames wild animals in Malintrat (Puy-de-Dôme)

Since childhood, Pierre Merle has had a passion for so-called wild animals. This resident of Malintrat (Puy-de-Dôme) tamed crows, wild rabbits, and one day a hunter brought him a day-old boar, which he trained.

Kiki, that was her name, had her glorious moment. “He knew the TV sets,” says Pierre Merle proudly, “by participating in the program ‘Coucou c’est nous’, with Christophe Dechavanne as host in the 90s. Went behind the scenes to nip in the wires for the technical installation”, remember, entertained, the coach.The gander Zouzou lets himself be patted by his master under the jealous gaze of the dogs.

After the show, Kiki went for a walk on a leash on the Champs-Élysées. But Kiki also had his habits at home, where he lived as he wanted, for more than 23 years. He was an excellent mushroom picker. “I trained him to find morels.”

Regional wildlife that we had never imagined

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A few years later it was a fox, Prune, who arrived in the fold, then a hare, Filou. The latter made himself heard when he was hungry “by knocking on the bowl,” and as the dogs of the house approached, Filou knocked them on the head.

A seagull from Russia

Pierre Merle also raised a sparrow, badgers and even a gull. “One day, along a road, I saw a large bird in a ditch. I stopped and spotted an injured bird level with a wing.”

Information taken, it was a bird from Russia, the herring gull, unusual in our region. “I came back, not without difficulty, because it pinched me. I was still able to take him home and care for him back to health. After two years, the bird took to other countries. (empty)


Currently, Pierre shares his life with Zouzou, a three-year-old gander.

“Recently a friend confided in me a mouth. He lived with chickens that were all eaten by foxes, so he got bored. But today, his life has changed.

Zouzou watches television with me and starts pushing when we watch sports. Sometimes I have to kick him out because his shouts are so loud.

If animals have an important and privileged place in Pierre’s life, he has other occupations. As a stonemason, he continued to process the material and rebuilt bread ovens in many villages. A know-how that he would like to pass on to future generations.

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