26 January 2013

Kenya: Nairobi Park Diary - Three Wee Warties

The park is looking very green and lush at the moment due to the good rains and many of the herbivores are having a time of feasting in this current season.

One observation happened near the famous "lone tree" on the backtrack section. I saw three young warthog piglets really enjoying themselves on the succulent grasses and roots. They seemed so intent on eating that they paid little attention to any possible dangers like themselves being a feast for a Lion or a Leopard.

They reminded me of the old fable of the "Three little pigs" where the wolf was after them. However in this African setting I decided to rename them the "Three Wee Warties".

They seemed to me to be almost foolishly brave as they ate with such abandonment, with their adult parents nowhere in sight. What would they do if a predator did attack? Was there a burrow nearby? Or did they just leave it to "whatever happens" as a predator will not catch all of them at once?

Warthogs form an important part of the Lion diet during the season when the migrating herds are absent. As I drove away I wondered how long they would survive as the "Three Wee Warties". Hopefully they will sharpen their senses and survive to become "The ThreeTusketeers"!

The park is open daily from 06h00 to 19h00. For more information on the park you can link to the following websites www.kws.org or www.nairobigreenline.org or on facebook.

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