National Geographic : 1999 May
Deadly play "In nine years of observingwild dogs, I'd never seen them kill a warthog," says Tico McNutt. The unlucky exception was spotted by five yearlings,which playfully chased the warthog into a shallow hole and began nippingat it. As the older dogs watched, the youngstersprodded the animalout of the hollow. It was then that an adult male, Zermatt (left, wearing a radio collar),joined in the attack. When the warthog retreated to the hole (below), the adults crowded in to haul it back out, sinking their teeth into its hindquarters. Less than 60 seconds later (right) the warthog lay dead, its intestinesstrewed about, the adultmuzzles sunk into its underbelly. "Youngsters often get excited about warthogs," says McNutt, "but adults don't pay much attention.I think they just decided to join in when they saw it wasn'tgoing to get away. The warthog'sskin is thick, much tougher than an impala's.And they have very sharp, danger ous tusks. I've seen lions take a lot longer to kill warthogs."