The Red River Hog is surely the most colourful pig in the world! Just look at that beautiful, rufous fur...
And then there's Nancy, his mistress. But surely he deserves a little comfort in his retirement? He certainly didn't come to Lord Steeplebrook's fancy dress do (dressed as a civilian!) to have his private life aired to all and sundry by a small, interfering Belgian who fancies himself a sleuth. And what could dear Nancy have to do with the murder of the great heiress Mrs. Faversham, anyway? It's outrageous!
But I digress.
Video: Lilly Fluger
Red River Hogs come from west and central sub-Saharan Africa, and with a length of between 1 and 1.5 metres (3 to 5 feet), they are Africa's smallest pig on average. They spend much of the day hidden and resting in the rainforest. At night, they use their sensitive nose and large canines to sniff out and root out roots and tubers. They also make a meal of fruits, herbs, eggs and the occasional meaty treat like insects, lizards or carrion. They eat, in other words, anything.
These night-time foraging expeditions are done in small groups of about 6 to 20 individuals. They'll include one male, who has a a pair of warts on his face and tusks in his mouth, and a few females each accompanied by a litter of 1 to 6 youngsters.
It's a family!
They were long considered to be the same species, as if the Bushpig was just more flamboyantly dressed in the west. Now we know that the Red River Hog is its own separate species, but they're no less flamboyant!