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Warthog Boar - Nothing better than a Mud bath A large tusked Warthog boar (note the large "warts" under his eyes - with a female these warts are a quarter of the size) takes a cooling swim during a hot summer's day.  Photographed in Namibia, southwestern Africa.  Geotagged,Namibia,Phacochoerus africanus,Warthog,bath,boar,cool off,funny,hog,humor,male,relax,summer,swim,tusks Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Warthog Boar - Nothing better than a Mud bath

A large tusked Warthog boar (note the large "warts" under his eyes - with a female these warts are a quarter of the size) takes a cooling swim during a hot summer's day. Photographed in Namibia, southwestern Africa.

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  1. omg what a beast! It's as if it is at its absolute peak, and you captured it. When looking up the word "Warthog", this photo should appear. Posted 5 years ago
    1. If I could like your comment, I would! It made me chuckle a bit :) Posted 5 years ago
      1. Actually, there was a time in which you could vote up/down comments. I removed that feature as it did not add much value. Posted 5 years ago
        1. Thanks for the comment. Yeah, guess only his mother thinks he is pretty. Posted 5 years ago
    2. Ferdy, just a quick note to let you know I will be out for a week or so ... going to Etosha National Park (and will hopefully return with a few photographs). My absence from the site is thus work related ... I will be back. Thanks. Posted 5 years ago
      1. That's very kind of you to let us know. Have fun over there, and I look forward to your return! Posted 5 years ago
  2. Wow i saw a few in SA but not with big tusks like this. Great shot. Posted 5 years ago
    1. Thanks a lot for the comment. Yes, this boar is exceptional in that regard. The lower teeth, just barely seen in this shot, are the really sharp ones. Posted 5 years ago
  3. From today's Facebook post:

    Hakuna ma…Wait―Did anyone else start singing that song in their head when they saw this photo?! Disney’s Lion King may have made warthogs famous, but animated or not, warthogs are seriously awesome creatures!

    Warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus) are omnivorous animals that live in the grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa. They are unmistakable, thanks to their huge heads, which are adorned with warts, tusks, and whiskers. The tusks are used for self-defense, fighting over mating rights, and digging. About the warts: males have four (two prominent warts beneath the eyes and two smaller ones just above the mouth), while females only have two small warts right below their eyes. For the males, these warty protuberances aren’t merely decorative. Rather, they act as cushions to protect the warthog’s face from any crushing blows incurred while fighting. Warthogs have short necks and long legs, so they need to kneel down when they graze in order to get food into their mouths. Luckily, they have protective pads on their wrists, which allow them to kneel comfortably when they feed. Convenient!

    Their physical features may not win them any awards for beauty, but thankfully, brains are more important than aesthetics. Warthogs are remarkably intelligent, adaptable, agile, and strong! When startled, they can run up to 50 km (30 miles) per hour! They are very skilled at adapting to threats; if they live in areas where people hunt, they will constantly alter their foraging schedule—they easily learn to avoid and evade the hunters. Furthermore, warthogs enjoy a good mud bath, which is no doubt as fun as it is practical. The mud protects their skin from bug bites, sunburns, and cools them down. Warthogs are also resourceful in that don’t bother to dig their own homes. Instead, they “borrow” the burrows dug by others (usually by aardvarks). Okay, well…technically, they trespass. They use these pilfered holes for protection, sleeping, and rearing their young. And, they are smart enough to back themselves into the hole upon entering, so that their tusks are pointed outwards, ready to defend themselves and their home at a moment’s notice. It’s “home, sweet “stolen” home” for the warthog. {Spotted in Namibia by JungleDragon user, Living Wild} #JungleDragon #nature #wildlife #warthog
    Posted 3 months ago

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The warthog or common warthog is a wild member of the pig family found in grassland, savanna, and woodland in sub-Saharan Africa. In the past, it was commonly treated as a subspecies of ''P. aethiopicus'', but today that scientific name is restricted to the desert warthog of northern Kenya, Somalia, and eastern Ethiopia.

The common name comes from the four large, wart-like protrusions found on the head of the warthog, which serve as a fat reserve and are used for defense when males fight... more

Similar species: Even-toed Ungulates
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Uploaded Jan 10, 2015. Captured Apr 15, 2013 13:15 in D2874, Namibia.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T2i
  • f/8.0
  • 1/332s
  • ISO125
  • 220mm