During the morning I had passed on a bull wildebeest--I'd taken a great bull on an earlier African bowhunt--and as on previous days I passed on several big wart hogs
as they came, watered, and left--for the same reason.
I've seen a wart hog
sow knock a leopard off its feet when it grabbed one of her piglets, and on another occasion a big male pig turned and confronted a lioness on the open plains -- until another lioness joined in and quickly outmanoeuvred the gutsy pig.
Bush pigs, or wart hogs
, would raid the farmers' ground nut fields," says Tony.
It has been my good privilege to hunt wild pigs in five states as well as wart hogs
in Africa and the pig-like javelina in Texas.
Mind you, wart hogs
have heads like concrete, as I found out to my cost when taking a direct hit from a `friendly' one; I ended up in a heap on the ground with a saucer-sized bruise.
Community protection also will benefit other species - Cape buffalo, zebras, Thompson's gazelles, elands, wart hogs
and especially rhinos, which also are poached for their horns.
What the lab sees now, replacing the elephant trade, is ivory from the teeth of hippopotamus and the tusks of wart hogs