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Potamochoerus porcus

Like other wild pigs, the red river hog (Potamochoerus porcus) has a broad, omnivorous diet, and spends most of its adult life in search of food. Also called the African bush pig, this species is usually active at night, returning to a burrow excavated amongst dense vegetation during the day, although in forests and shaded areas individuals may also forage during the morning and evening. Food is located using the sensitive, disc-like snout, which identifies edible material by both touch and smell, and also serves as a plough for rooting up vegetation. Roots, berries and fruits are the most common sources of food, although small mammals, reptiles, young birds eggs and carrion may all be eaten when available.

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