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Bushpig

The Bushpig (Potamochoerus larvatus), is a member of the pig family that lives in forest thickets, wetland vegetation and reed beds close to the water in Africa. Still distributed over a relatively wide natural range, the bushpig occurs from Somalia to eastern and southern former Zaire and southwards to Cape Province and Natal in South Africa, having probably been introduced on Madagascar, Comoro and Mayotte Islands.

The bushpig ranges in size from 24 to 33 inches at the shoulder and weighs 100 to 180 pounds. It resembles the domestic pig and is identified by the blunt, muscular snout, small eyes, and pointed, tufted ears. Their color varies from reddish-brown to dark brown and becomes darker with age. Both sexes have a lighter colored mane which bristles when the animal becomes agitated. The upper parts of the face and ears are also lighter in color. Sharp tusks are not very long and are not conspicuous. Unlike the Warthog, the Bushpig runs with its tail down. Males are normally larger than females.

Bushpigs are quite social animals and are found in sounders of up to 12 members. A typical group will consist of a dominant male and a dominant female, with other females and juveniles accounting for the rest. Litters of 3-4 young are born in summer after a gestation period of 4 months. They are Omnivorous and their diet could include roots, crops, carrion, as well as newborn lambs. They grunt softly while foraging and make a long, resonant growl as an alarm call. They can be very aggressive when the young are around.

Bushpig


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