Fine set of whiskers
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|This warthog was part of a group photographed at Sandibe in the Okavango Delta. |
The warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) is a member of the pig family. The name comes from the four large warts found on the head of the warthog. Warthogs are identifiable by the two pairs of tusks protruding from their mouth, which are used as weapons against predators. They weigh between 50 to 150 kg.
A grouping of warthogs is called a sounder. Sounders are usually composed of 3 to 10 animals, comprising of multiple females and their respective offspring. Females tend to stay with their family group for several breeding seasons, whilst males tend to live alone or in small bachelor groups. Mature males only join female groups when sows are in heat. Males are not territorial, but will fight among themselves for mating opportunities during breeding season, sometimes inflicting significant and serious wounds with tusks.
Although warthogs are commonly seen in open grasslands, they will also seek shelter and forage in denser vegetation. They eat grass, berries, bark, roots, and carrion, as well as insects and grubs. Although they can dig their own burrows, they commonly occupy abandoned aardvark burrows. The warthog commonly enters burrows "back-end first", with the head always facing the opening and ready to burst out as needed.
Warthogs are very fast runners and are known as the comics of the bush due to the way they run with their tail in the air. Their predators are humans, lions, leopards, cheetah and hyenas.
Warthogs can live up to 15 years. The typical gestation period is 5 or 6 months and the litter between 2-8 piglets which are weaned at 3 or 4 months, reaching sexual maturity at 18 to 24 months.
The photo has been cropped with sharpening and adjustment to contrast and brightness as it was taken around midday in bright sunlight.
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- [2006-10-22 13:01]
Nice capture of this warthdog with moustache,well captured with good POV,details and colors,well done and TFS,
Interesting photo and it is taken in nature. I made some changes. Look at the workshop. I hope you like it :-)