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Warthog and bushpig

30 October 2014

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QUESTION:

Why do the bushpig not go on their knees to eat?

 

ANSWER:

The warthogs go on their knees to reach the lucern on the ground but the bushpig does not do so. Bushpig dig well and can excavate holes as deep as 20 cm in soft soil but unlike the warthog they cannot root in hard soil because they cannot rest on their carpal bones to get close to the ground. Moreover, their bulbous snouts are constructed differently from those of the warthog.

You can also read the scientific articles of the warthog and the bushpig for more information.

Answer by Prof J du P Bothma

 

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