In a recent sighting ranger Jess Shillaw happened to get her guests into the right place at the right time to witness the Senegal Bush Male hunting a warthog. After eventually bringing it down, the distress calls from the warthog drew in the Ntomi Male along with a lucky opportunistic hyena. Believe it or not, the Senegal Bush Male has been hunting warthogs again. On one particular morning not so long ago, after a cold front moved through this part of the country, the morning began as a fresh, misty and cloudy start.
Lucky enough for us, it wasn’t long into the game drive when we stumbled across the Senegal Bush Male lying on top of a termite mound. Our initial thought was that he was resting after presumably a long night of patrolling his territory as he was a fair distance from where he had been seen the evening prior. When we then looped around the termite mound to get a different view of him we noticed a fresh warthog burrow into the side of the mound. There was some loose freshly churned-up soil at the entrance making us believe that there was something inside.
We decided to take the chance and wait to see what transpired. He would either lose interest here and move off the mound continuing his patrol on the cool morning or if there was something inside the sound, such as a warthog, they would likely try to leave the mound to forage for food once it had warmed up a bit. Giving the Senegal Bush Male the perfect opportunity to ambush them. After an hour and 20 minutes of watching the leopard resting, we eventually heard a little grunt and rustle come from within the mound. The Senegal Bush Male’s ear pricked up immediately, fixated on the burrow, he readied himself.
Already within striking distance, the Senegal Bush Male needed to pick the right time to launch his attack. The warthog carefully scanned its surroundings before exiting the burrow. Within seconds everything erupted in front of our eyes and here is what transpired…
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It was amazing to see how this mother warthog came back to try and save her offspring. Charging in at the leopard, if her tusks had caught the leopard it could have done some serious damage. But the leopards’ reactions were lightning quick and managed to avoid any injury. After he had killed the warthog, he dragged it to a nearby tree hoisted it and finished it after two days.