Determined Leopard Won’t Rest Until It Hunts Down Entire Warthog Family

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Published: February 1, 2024

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Leopard eating his kill
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When free things are given out, we often hear, “Only take what you need.” And this is to ensure there is enough for everyone to go around. However, in the wild, the fight for survival is a real struggle. Let’s see how greedy this leopard really is in the video above!

Wild Leopard Hunt in Africa

This wild hunt in the video posted above takes us to Africa. The Latest Sightings YouTube page was able to share this video footage captured on a tour. With more than 4.5 million subscribers, they keep their channel busy. They share footage of animals such as lions, African wild dogs, buffalo, Nile crocodiles, zebras, antelope, cheetahs, and snakes. 

Warthog Family Tries to Escape

As the video starts out, we see a safari tour has slowed down because they see a leopard with a warthog in his mouth. Cringingly, we hear the screams of the warthog as it slowly dies, as the leopard delivers its final crunch. In front of the leopard, another warthog is writhing in pain. This is when the tour guide announces that the leopard has killed two warthogs. 

However, this leopard is not done. Just up ahead, the warthog burrow contains other family members that he is waiting for. The Maryland Zoo shares that “Male warthogs prefer to live alone while female warthogs live in groups with offspring called soundings.” 

About halfway into the video, the leopard is alerted to more warthogs exiting the burrow, and he uses this opportunity to pounce. He is not content with just two warthogs; he wants them all! 

Are Warthogs Aggressive To Humans?

Animals That Have Tusks-Warthog

Warthogs are omnivorous eaters.

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Although warthogs (Phacochoerus africanus) are large mammals that can weigh up to 330 pounds, they are not known to be aggressive creatures toward humans. However, they have been known to cause problems for humans. 

Take, for instance, the farmers in South Africa, where the warthog population is booming. A study completed in 2016 shared that “Warthogs were held responsible for causing damage to aspects of the natural and agricultural environment, and respondents were increasingly negative toward warthogs as the levels of perceived damages increased.” These problems can be detrimental to a farmer’s livelihood and way of life.

In addition to this mischief, we must always remember that as wild animals there is always the potential of aggression towards humans. And with their charging speed of up to 30 miles per hour and the massive tusks that sit on their face, they could do some serious damage. 

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Hannah Crawford is a writer at A-Z Animals where she focuses on reptiles, mammals, and locations in Africa. Hannah has been researching and writing about animals and various countries for over eight years. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication\Performance Studies from Pensacola Christian College, which she earned in 2015. Hannah is a resident in Florida, and enjoys theatre, poetry, and growing her fish tank.

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