Tusks to die for!

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    • #401258
      Tobie
      Moderator

      Or perhaps the title should read ‘Tusks to die by!” as many foes had discovered through history, after under estimating these tough little guys.

      Warthogs are considered a pest in most of SA’s farming communities due to their tendency and ability to damage plant root systems, resulting in ground erosion. One can not help but stop and have a second look when you see a set of tusks like this though. Growing them in the Kruger National Park among large numbers of lions and leopards is a remarkable achievement, demanding respect.

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    • #401266
      Dahlia Ambrose
      Keymaster

      Wow! I like the features of this animal. Do they use their tusks to also attack other animals? Beautiful image Tobie and thank you for sharing with us 🙂

      • #401364
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Oh absolutely @dahliaabrose!

        Tusks like these were the reason of many a leopard’s demise and it would thus rather opt for the female or a piglet, if they’re close by. A lioness would probably rather leave it alone as well, unless she has help from the pack.

    • #401271
      Bruce Gordon
      Participant

      Great photo Tobie! The detail in the hair is incredible. What an old beastie that one is!

    • #401286
      John Thompson
      Moderator

      That is one ugly animal but one great photograph Tobie.

    • #401288
      Dave Watkins
      Participant

      Great shot Tobie. An amazing looking animal.

    • #401318
      Kent DuFault
      Participant

      Great picture! Nice to see you back Tobie!

      • #401369
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Thanks @kent! Nice to pop in – not sure how long it’s going to last but if there’s a gap for posting, I’ll grab it! 🙂

    • #401326
      Graham Hart
      Participant

      Great pic Tobie. What an amazing looking creature. Makes you wonder what criteria the design specs were trying to meet.

      • #401370
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Thanks @diripics!

        Basically a skin tough enough to endure staying in erdvark holes and tusks to shovel up tree & other roots, bulbs and whatever grows underneath the soil – and obviously to defend itself and its family.

        If a leopard is holding down one of its family members it would run at them at full speed and take a stab at the leopard as it passes by. Repeatedly. It succeeds in chasing off the predator more often than not.

    • #401466
      ElinL
      Participant

      Prefer to have him hanging on the wall than roaming around in the back yard. Majestic in all his ugliness. Great image Tobie, thanks for sharing. Best wishes for your studies and new career.

    • #401559
      Anne Hornsby
      Participant

      I like your description Elin – majestic in his ugliness.    I saw warthogs up close for the first time in Namibia, but they must have been females or young ones.   I never saw tusks like this, and the mouth is fascinating, too.   Great photo Tobie!

    • #401785
      Robert Apple
      Moderator

      Great photo Tobie and great info, I just thought they hung out in hot springs farting and singing “Hakuna matata”.

      • #402116
        Tobie
        Moderator

        LOL! Thanks @robertapple! Hot springs are scarce here! Mud baths – oh yea! 🙂

    • #401879
      Erik Fransman
      Participant

      Good shot Tobie. Impressive animal. Keep your distance, that’s for sure. Good to see you!

      • #402118
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Thanks @eriok-fransman! They become quite witty when they get used to humans (which they easily do closer to urban areas) – they would walk up to where you are camping, flip open your cooler or other containers and then eat whatever they find right in front of your eyes! If you dare approach them – well, be ready to meet those tusks! 🙂

    • #401884
      JasenkaG
      Keymaster

      That’s an amazing animal, I’ve never seen something like this before 🙂

      • #402119
        Tobie
        Moderator

        One of the most common wildlife species in our reserves (and outside), @jasenkag.

        Some farmers actually pay hunters to reduce their numbers on our farms (BTW their hindlegs make a good and tasty meal, provided you know how to cook it). Obviously this guy has stayed off our farms as he’s an inhabitant of our biggest reserve in SA. 🙂

    • #402137
      Preston
      Participant

      This make a wild boar look weak!  I enjoyed all your tidbits about the Warthog especially about the leopard.  Always thought Pumbaa “Bowling for Buzzards” was for comic relief and not an actual tactic.  Thanks for sharing!

      • #402193
        Tobie
        Moderator

        Thanks Preston, glad you’ve enjoyed it! 🙂

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