This Happy-Go-Lucky Warthog Dances in Front of a Pride of Lions Too Lazy to Pursue

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Written by Hannah Crawford

Updated: November 10, 2023

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Dancing is one of the most fun activities you can do. It keeps your energy high and serotonin levels flowing. For this particular warthog, though, we think he may have been attempting to do the dance of death. 

This next video takes us to the  Kruger National Park in South Africa. A small lion pride of under half a dozen lies in the shade of a large tree in an open field. When suddenly, a warthog literally comes prancing by. 

With his head held high, this warthog prances right by this pride. Almost as if to say, “You can’t get me.” Which is bold for this warthog. Because lions eat warthogs, it’s oddly funny to see this lion pride merely watch this warthog prance on by. 

The warthog doesn’t stop there. He quickly circles back, as if he is taunting this pride, and he dances around in a circle and then goes back and forth. Is this warthog looking for a chase? Perhaps a warthog friend dared him to do it. 

Regardless of his intentions, he does the full attention of this lion pride. By the end of the video posted below, we see all of the lion’s bodies have completely turned, so they face this warthog. Perhaps they enjoyed the show, so that’s why they didn’t chase him.

Are Warthogs Friendly to Humans?


Warthogs are omnivores.


It seems that in every video we watch of warthogs, we see these stubby creatures fighting or running at amazing speeds. It begs the question of if they are friendly to humans or not.

And the answer to this is that warthogs generally are not a threat to humans. However, a good rule of thumb that we always abide by here at A-Z is that just because a wild animal isn’t naturally aggressive toward humans does not mean it can’t be. 

If a wild animal, such as the warthog, is cornered or threatened by a human, it will absolutely respond in kind by becoming aggressive towards the person trying to cause him harm. 

Warthogs are no small animals, either. These stubby creatures can weigh up to 330 pounds. Their four long tusks are 10 to 11 inches in length. They also can run up to speeds of 30 miles per hour, shockingly. 

Needless to say, warthogs not only outweigh a grown adult man, but they also can outrun any human as well. 

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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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