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Giant Forest Hog (Hylochoerus meinertzhageni)

Posted on Dec 17, 2007 by in Ungulates | 4 comments

Hylochoerus meinertzhageni

Number 0074

These wild hogs live in central Africa. The male of the species is a vicious fellow, liable to attack his fellow hog with great ferocity, sometimes butting heads so hard that someone’s cranium busts. According to the Ultimate Ungulate website, when two male giant forest hogs fight, “The victor urinates, grinds his teeth, and bites at the loser, who in turn flees the area with his tail raised.”

Giant forest hogs like to live in thicket and brush, favoring forested areas near watering holes. Their major predators are hyenas and leopards. I drew this hog’s snout way too short, but you should get the idea. Can’t you just hear him snorting?


  1. I think it would be funny if a strange horoscope type system was built up around what animal your drew of folk’s birthdays. e.g. if you draw a Pale Throated Three Toed Sloth on the day a child is born, what does the future hold for that child? Here’s hoping you draw a camel or a sea otter on march 26th.

  2. I think that’s a GREAT idea, Pablo. By this time next year, hopefully I’ll have enough days drawn that it would work. I really like that. March 26, huh? Hmm…

  3. This is an interesting concept. Where did you get your inspiration?

  4. I assume you mean Pablo’s inspiration for his horoscope idea? (I actually have a project similar to his idea, kind of, but involving birds, and it’s still somewhat secret.)

    I love your beautiful alliterative animals, Stuart Wade.

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