Almost orphans

On the 15th of December, making our way to Olifants Rest Camp, in fact just about a kilometer before the camp’s gates, we came across two tiny warthog piglets, probably not any older than a day or two. They were frantically running around in the road, squeeling to high heaven, and approaching every passing vehicle seemingly hoping that it was their mother.

It seemed they were abandoned and they were clearly in distress.

However, after spending a few minutes at the scene we noticed their mother hiding in the thickets, grunting to her little ones but probably frightened of the vehicles gathered around her babies. We decided to leave then, hoping that as soon as there were no more cars around she’d come and collect the errant piglets and take them back to the safety of her burrow.

When we passed the scene again a little later, the warthog family was nowhere to be seen and we hoped that the story had a happy ending.

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37 thoughts on “Almost orphans

  1. tgeriatrix

    Olifants Rest Camp…brings back memories… We lived in South Africa by the time and we spent the Xmas holidays in the Kruger Park. Our son was four weeks old (now 41) and all the park wardens came to see the tiny baby visiting their park.

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