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Two warthog sows bathing in Witsand waterhole

Updated: 6 June 2014
(Published: 27 March 2014)

 

QUESTION:

Why do warthogs bath so much in the summer and how can you tell male from female?

 

ANSWER:

This video was taken just after midday at Witsand waterhole and shows two warthog sows in the waterhole. Both sows have small tusks and are still young. A red-chested cuckoo is calling in the background. Warthogs bathe in waterholes in the summer to cool off and prevent heat exhaustion because they are dark in colour. They visit waterholes especially from 11:00 to 15:00 but not at night when they cannot see predators. The sow has two warts on the face as opposed to four in the boar.

Answer by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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