Saturday, 3 November 2012

Wonderous Warthog... winter tale..

 We have a number of wild Warthogs (Phacochoerus aethiopicus)that visit the lodge grounds and graze around the camp.
However this last winter one enterprising old Warthog built himself a "nest". Not having seen or heard of this type of behaviour before, I thought it was of interest. As Warthogs generally live in holes.

This old Warthog dug out a hollow in the ground and proceeded to scrap the dry grass towards the dug out from a fairly large area in front of the dug out. He piled the grass around his dug out, to make a very warm cozy 'nest'.
Due to the dry grass surrounding his nest there was no way a person or predator could approach his nest and take him by surprise.
 Nest in the back ground, with the cleared area in front. He more than likely used his snout to move the grass back to his nest.

The "nest"