Warthog in the Mud

This is such a typical scene depicting a very common animal in most central African game reserves. This Warthog (Phacochoerus africanus – Shona: njiri) wallowing in the mud on the edge of a water pan provided comical entertainment as she eventually covered herself in mud to cool down. This image was taken in the late morning when temperatures were souring in the low 40s (centigrade). The warthog is highly diurnal animal and females, with their young, normally retreat underground before last light. They are preyed upon by mostly hyena and leopards, although it is not unknown for lions to enjoy a spot of pork. Perhaps one of the more usual sights to be observed with these animals is when they trot along with tail vertically erect like a antenna.
(Canon 7D; f/7.1; 1/640sec; ISO-100; 400mm)

Picture ©2011 Andrew Field – Simply Wild Photography

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