Caution. If you're grossed out easily, proceed carefully.

It was a typical Texas morning. Things were off to a great start. I had gotten a great night's sleep the night before and woke up to a tasty cup of coffee. The spring weather has been excellent lately. It was just too awesome to stay inside, so I walked around my neighborhood. My ear pods were in, and I was off. I suppose I had gone half a mile when I noticed something in the distance.

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I really don't pay attention to anything specific while I walk. I kind of zone out with my music, thinking about the day's events or maybe some things on my to-do list that I need to tackle. On this day, I looked up and saw a large black lump in someone's front yard.

Photo: Shelley Edmondson/Canva
Photo: Shelley Edmondson/Canva
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As I walked closer, I noticed it had hair. Geez, I thought. This is somebody's dead pet, a dog of some sort. It's not something you want to see first thing in the morning. The closer I came to this mystery object, the more I could determine what it was. I was wrong; it was not a dead dog or cat.

Photo: Brad Elliott
Photo: Brad Elliott
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It turns out what I stumbled across was a feral hog's head, snout, and all. The body was missing. The only thing that remained was the head. Weird, right? Did I walk into some weird satanic stuff going down in my neighborhood? Is there some meaning I'm not picking up on? Talk about something you don't see every day. Every fly in the area was swarming the scene, so I was out of there.

In reality, I guess that a feral hog tangled with the wrong animal, and its head was dragged and left. But who knows? One thing is sure: you never know what you'll see in Abilene.

I enjoy strolls around the neighborhood, minus the hogheads. It's good exercise and a free activity, which is always a plus. Nowadays, it's hard to find affordable things to do, but there are plenty of low-cost, fun activities here in Abilene. Just look below.

13 Fun Things to Do in Abilene on a Budget

Gallery Credit: Chaz

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