We Disney fans group up on the hit singalong film, “The Lion King.” And while the movie points to a lot of important morals and lessons, it might have placed a little too much emphasis on “Hakuna Matata” when it came to the interactive habits of warthogs.
Our iconic warthog, Pumba, remains a constant ray of light and comic relief throughout the film.
However, in reality, one unfortunate warthog observer did not “feel the love” one afternoon when it attacked him as he recorded. Check out the clip below.
The clip captures a seemingly peaceful giant warthog as it slowly approaches the videographer. While the big pig initially appears calm, the videographer suffered quite a surprise as the animal neared him. Prior to the warthog’s attack, we can hear the man say, “Wonder if we can pet him.”
First and foremost, it’s never a good idea to try and pet wild animals. Whether that animal is an African warthog or a North American whitetail, we will always encourage Outsiders to remain wary of any and all approaching creatures.
Nevertheless, the attack was strange as warthogs aren’t typically aggressive. Therefore, Complex concluded that the wild pig must have felt threatened enough by the encounter with the videographer which most likely invoked the attack.
Small Predator Attacks Alaskan Residents
Just like the above warthog attack, Anchorage Alaska residents have seen attacks by some of the most unexpected of creatures. Last month saw a 9-year-old boy hospitalized for stitches after suffered an attack by none other than a river otter.
However, it wasn’t the only time the small creatures have attacked. Another Anchorage woman was attacked by a group of river otters after they had gone after her dog.
Officials working the cases reported that otters, unlike warthogs, can express aggressive behaviors. However, it’s unusual for these types of attacks to happen this commonly. Following the incidents, officials explained that otters tend to live in groups. Because of this, they believe only one group of otters were responsible for the string of attacks.
Further, the Fish and Game Commission promised to safely relocate the particular group believed to be responsible for the string of attacks. In a statement, the commission said, “Because of the risk to public safety, efforts will be made to relocate this group of river otters,” removing them from the area. Additionally, “Care will be taken only to remove the animals exhibiting these unusual behaviors.”
So, while we previously believed both warthogs and river otters were impervious to acts against humans, we now have evidence that that is simply untrue. Like I said before, Outsiders should take caution not to approach wildlife. They should further do what they can to appear as non-threatening to certain animal species as possible.