|The picture that Mom took at the zoo.|
I thought that this animal was called the Red River Hog because there was a Red River in Africa, and that is where this hog lived. But when I did some in-depth research, I found out that I was wrong about this. Which of course does not happen very often because usually I am right about things. But anyway, what I learned was that these are red hogs that happen to like living near rivers. And it doesn't matter which river. They just like rivers and swampy places because when it is hot weather, they can get in the water and cool off.
Red River Hogs can weigh anywhere between 99 and 250 pounds, which is a lot of pork! The boars are bigger than the sows, and they have little sharp tusks. Leopards like to eat Red River Hogs, and sometimes other carnivores eat them, too.
During the day, Red River Hogs mostly snooze in the brush in the rainforest someplace, because the rainforest is where they live. Then they come out at night to find food. And what they like to eat is almost anything! Their favorite things to eat are roots, turnips, fruit, and grasses. But they will also eat eggs, insects, lizards, and birds, if they can find them. Also they eat dead animals and dead plants.
The hogs have a really good sense of smell, and they use their snouts to root around in the dirt and dig up yummy stuff to eat. If they go to a farm, they can do a lot of damage to the crops, so for this reason, farmers do not like the hogs very much. Sometimes the farmers try to kill off hogs that are bothering their crops, but this has not really hurt the hog population.
I think the piglets are totally cute and they are probably really yummy, too, so I told Mom we should get some of our very own. But she said if I wanted a Red River Hog piglet, she would just take me back to Africa and let me live with my basenji cousins there. But I don't think I would want to do that, so I guess I won't be getting a piglet of my own.