Animals

Watch Rare Footage of The Mysterious Giant Forest Hog

Monday, 2 July

At last, the mysterious giant forest hog is being studied. National Geographic Explorer Rafael Reyna-Hurtado has been tracking the 600-pound beasts for several years in Uganda and he strategically placed camera traps in muddy areas, speculating the pigs would stop to cool down.

It worked. These are rare images of the giant forest hog, which has short black hairs, sharp tusks, and prominent cheeks. They play an important role in forests as they mow down herbaceous plants, and are prey to leopards and lions. However their numbers are declining, mostly due to poaching and habitat fragmentation.

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