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a wild pig, Phacochoerus aethiopicus, of southern and E Africa, having heavy tusks, wartlike protuberances on the face, and a mane of coarse hair



(Pacochoerus), a genus of nonruminant eventoed ungulates of the swine family (suidae). on the sides of the head the males have warty skin excrescences (hence its name, warthog). The length of the body, exclusive of the tail, is 1.5–1.9 m, and the height at the shoulders is 65–85 cm. The body is covered with a sparse bristle. In the upper jaw are large upward-curving tusks. One species, P. aethiopicus, is found only in Africa (south of the Sahara). It is a primarily nocturnal animal, living in small herds in forest, shrub, and coastal thickets. It feeds on vegetable and animal food. It is hunted for its meat and skin.

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Warthogs are wild pigs native to Africa and known for their large, upward curving tusks and wart-like growths on the sides of their heads.
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The crews using the Warthogs can spend weeks at a time out on patrol in the deserts and main river valley of Helmand, and have even come up with their own name for these assignments - combat caravanning.
Warthog vehicle commander Corporal David Toughill, 30, from Carluke, Lanarkshire, said: "Phileas Fogg did it in 80 days using loads of different modes of transport but we've done it in one.
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The troops used new Warthog all-terrain vehicles to navigate the fields around the compound.
She said she's always liked Amphibians So she'd be a Toad or a great big Bullfrog Or an animal who rolls around in mud Like a Hippopotamus or a Warthog.
He believes that business between them has been soured by a toxic, personal agenda which makes him snappy as a menopausal warthog.
Her creations also include a Big Mac, a glazed ham, popcorn, sushi plus spaghetti, a 3D warthog and even a bucket of eyeballs and severed fingers, reports the Sun.
But some African staples--most notably the warthog, zebra, hartebeest, and kudu--had eluded me, and it was that last species that haunted me the most.