Wild boar swim across canal

This 7 July 2020 video shows a group of wild boar swimming across a canal near Son en Breugel in the Netherlands.

Wild boar can swim well, but have rarely been filmed doing so.

Usually, it is easier for them to swim than to get on the other bank, because canal banks are often steep, a problem for wildlife.

In this case, that was not a problem.

Maarten Royackers made this video.

Warthog family fights cheetah about food

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Family of Warthogs Steal and Eat Cheetah‘s Meal

This proves that cheetahs have no respect shown towards them. They have been known to lose the majority of their meals to lions, hyenas, vultures and even jackals! But, now we see that we need to add warthogs to that list.

Nature can be super surprising, and often, the unexpected is exactly what you can expect when you’re at a sighting in the wild. This is exactly the kind of experience Shakera Kaloo, a 41-year-old, Chartered Accountant captured on film on the 18th of June 2020, in the Kruger National Park!

Latest Sightings’ community was so amazed by this incredible sighting, we had to catch up with Shakera to tell us more about her and her family’s experience.

“We entered the park through Crocodile Bridge and about 5 minutes into our drive, we encountered a cheetah with an impala. We were surprised, as we didn’t expect to be this lucky so soon after arriving in the park. We also haven’t seen a cheetah in the park for years – so this was really spectacular!”

“We watched a while as the cheetah sat close to the food, looking around to make sure that the coast was clear before settling down with its meal. This was when a warthog family approached and steadily made their way closer and closer to the impala!”

“Even more surprising than seeing warthogs at an impala catch was the fact that the cheetah did not even fight to protect the meal once the warthogs advanced closer to the food, and instead, walked way, submitting the impala to the warthogs.”

“I was too excited to take pictures, so my children were left with that task. When you get to a sighting, remember to take videos, because it’s incredible to be able to re-live events like this, even when it becomes a distant memory with time. This was indeed an unusual, yet interesting, sighting. We’ve always seen a warthog eating from the ground, so being able to witness a warthog actually eating meat was baffling! The fact that the cheetah did not fight or protect its meal was also very strange for us.”

“We’ve never seen a warthog doing this, nor did we know that warthogs eat meat from a carcass! The sighting ended with the cheetah walking away from the kill, and it walked along the side and sat on the signpost before moving off into the bush.”

This 2013 video is called Wild boar eat all they can find – carrion too. Only for strong stomachs!

South African warthog piglet resists elephant

This 8 January 2020 video from South Africa says about itself:

A young warthog refused to be pushed over by an elephant that wanted to have the waterhole for itself, he kept going back even when the elephant would try and hit him with his trumpet. This sighting was filmed in Kruger national park by Brent Schnupp.

Barbados ‘wild boar’ were peccaries

This April 2016 video says about itself:

The collared peccary is a mammal that ranges from SW United States all the way down through South America. Though sometimes referred to as wild pigs, these mammals are actually not in the pig family. They have a very versitile diet, eating everything from roots to small animals.

From Simon Fraser University in Canada:

True identity of imposter ‘pigs’ on 17th century map overturns early colonial history of Barbados

May 16, 2019

Which came first, the pigs or the pioneers? In Barbados, that has been a historical mystery ever since the first English colonists arrived on the island in 1627 to encounter what they thought was a herd of wild European pigs.

A recent discovery by an SFU archaeologist is shedding new light on the matter. Christina Giovas uncovered the jaw bone of a peccary, a South American mammal that resembles a wild pig, while researching a larger project on prehistoric animal introductions in the Caribbean.

“I didn’t give it much notice at the time, but simply collected it along with other bones,” says Giovas, the lead author of a study just published in PLOS ONE. “It was completely unexpected and I honestly thought I must have made a mistake with the species identification.”

Giovas and collaborators George Kamenov and John Krigbaum of the University of Florida radiocarbon-dated the bone and conducted strontium isotope analysis to determine the age and whether the peccary was born on Barbados or had been imported from elsewhere.

The results showed the peccary was local and dated to 1645-1670, when the English wrote their account of finding wild European pigs on the Caribbean island. The researchers were not only able to show there had been a previously undetected historic peccary introduction but that the region’s earliest celebrated maps depicted peccaries that had been mistaken for pigs by the English.

Giovas says the findings upend Barbados’ accepted colonial history and reflect how quickly Europeans began to alter New World environments by altering species distributions.

“Checking historical and archaeological records, we determined the most likely source of peccary introduction was from Spanish or Portuguese ships passing the island in the 16th century — and most likely left as a source of meat for future visiting sailors,” she says.

Warthogs, mongooses and insects

This 5 February 2019 video, recorded in Africa, says about itself:

The Smart Way Warthogs Keep Insects at Bay

Warthogs love a good roll in the mud – known as ‘wallowing’ – which keeps them cool. But to protect themselves from insects, warthogs turn to another creature to help out: the mongoose.