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The bushpig

6 January 2016

 

Bushpigs occur widely in forests, thickets and riparian undercover in Africa where there is dense cover and water. The boar is slightly larger than the sow and has a shoulder height that varies from 66 cm to 100 cm, with a mean weight of around 72 kg as opposed to 69 kg in the sow. In southern Africa the coat colour is reddish-brown to dark brown and the body is covered in long, sparse bristles that can be up to 80 cm long. There is a mane of pale, buffy to yellow erectile hair. The forehead, the top of the face and the cheeks are pale, while the lower parts of the face and the underparts are black or dark brown. On the sides of the face along the angle of the jaw there is a thick patch of long, whitish to yellowish hair which may extend forward along the jaw... (Become a subscriber for more)

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