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How do baby Warthogs survive?

on May 23, 2013

Warthog piglets
I have previously discussed a few warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) characteristics on my entry about Pumbaa from the Lion King.

 

Similarly to cheetah cubs and zebra foals, warthogs’ strategy resides in trying to look something they are not.
If you take a look at the following images you’ll notice a white tuft of hair on the side of the baby warthogs’ faces. When seen from afar this tuft of hair looks like tusks thus making this little piglet a lot more menacing than it really is.
Predators always try to go for the weakest and less risky prey so they are sure to think twice if they believe there’s a high risk of getting injured in the hunt due to sharp tusks.
Even though you and me can easily see that it is just some white hair and not really a dangerous tusk, it can still fool many young and naive predators. We can’t forget that even though tusks this big would most probably not kill a big predator such as a leopard or a lion, it could still cause some a nasty wound that could eventually infect and lead the animal to death.
Sometimes it’s better to just be safe than sorry..

And this is how many warthog piglets survive in the wild, they gamble on the fact that their cute little white “beards” makes them appear dangerous (enough) from afar.

Baby Warthog piglet (Phacochoerus africanus)

Warthog piglet

Baby Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) piglet

Warthog piglet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I hope you liked learning about the amazing world of baby warthogs
Do you want to find out how baby honeyguides and other animals survive?
Check out our “Series” page for the list of “Baby Animals: How do they survive?

 

Até à próxima!
~Sofia.

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