We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo

This month Becky’s Squares are focusing on odd things – you can interpret this any way you want so I am going to take you all to the zoo this month. San Diego Zoo to be precise and the photos featured will be either odd looking animals, animals with odd names, odd facts or slightly odd photos. I hope you’ll enjoy my selection.

Day 20

The Red river hog (Potamochoerus porcus) or bushpig is a wild member of the pig family living in Africa. Red river hogs are also called “tufted pigs” due to their long, white whiskers and tufts found on the ears. In male hogs, the elongated snout features two well-developed warts. These warts provide added protection from tusk damage during fights for dominance with other males. As in all wild pigs, the canine teeth extend to tusks.

Red river hogs can even swim underwater to escape from leopards, catching a breath every 15 seconds or so.

If you want to join in either daily, weekly or just on the odd occasion then please visit Becky, the only rule is that the main photo MUST be a square – that is four equal sides! You have been warned 😉

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

20 thoughts on “We’re goin’ to the zoo, zoo, zoo”

  1. I’m a big hog and pig fan. In Kenya, the feisty wart hogs were a big favourite of mine.
    The Red variety gets my vote too! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. I like your odd shot and appreciate the photo of the entire hog as well as the fascinating information. I’m especially impressed about the ability to swim underwater like that!

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