ATTITUDES OF THE WARTHOG  ! -( Phacochoerus aethiopicus) by Magaret Meintjes

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ATTITUDES OF THE WARTHOG ! -( Phacochoerus aethiopicus) by 

Nikon D50
2008/09/11 13:04:43.4
Image Size: 3900 × 2400
Focal Length: 300mm
Exposure Mode:
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/500 sec – F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV

WARTHOG – Phacochoerus aethiopicus

MASS: 68-72kg
GESTATION: 160 – 170 days; average litter 3-4 piglets

The warthog is a gregarious, diurnal animal that lives in abandoned aardvark holes.
It enters its hole backwards, a protective measure which enables it to make a quick escape. The male has two pairs of warts. The pair on the muzzle is absent in the female. The warthog is fond of wallowing and rubbing its mud-covered body on stumps, rocks and tree trunks. Its habit of rooting for grass rhizomes often leads to the creation of a wallow. Sight is poor although it has good scent and hearing.
When approached a warthog will often advance towards you, running off only when certain what you are.
It falls prey to lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.
DIET: Grass, roots, bulbs and tubers. Will eat fruit, although it favors short grass. It feeds by resting on its front knees. Requires water daily.


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  • hereforfun
    hereforfunover 4 years ago

    Is’nt he an adorable little chap {well maybe he has a face only a mother could love} but cute in his own special way !

  • That is so kind Truds, thank you so much, take care xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockover 4 years ago

    Great capture.. I love how they run with there tails in the air!

  • Thanks Steve, yes I agree, they are just so funny!

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 4 years ago

  • Denzil
    Denzilover 4 years ago

    Phew! Scary little devils, aren’t they???
    Great shot, excellent narrative :)

  • Thank you so much Denzil for a great comment, and, you’re ok if you stay out of their way but they normally take a run first and that is when the tails go upright all the way! Take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • woof
    woofover 4 years ago

    great capture!!!

  • Thank you so much, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • tanmari
    tanmariover 4 years ago

    Great pictures of this interesting little piggy. What a face!

  • Thank you tanmari, take care xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 4 years ago

    Excellent capture !

  • Thank you so much Steven, take care x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 4 years ago

    Terrific capture and reading – well always can keep learning !!

  • Thank you dear Anthony and never get to old as well hey? take care x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonover 4 years ago

    Great capture.

  • Thank you so much for your time and very kind comments, take care ! xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • wayne51
    wayne51over 4 years ago

    These animals always seem to have a great attitude. Another great shot. well done Margaret. Wayne

  • Thank you so much dear friend, take care x

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Happy you enjoyed it wayne, thank you so much, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

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