Warthogs have longer legs than most other kinds of swine, so they can run away from potential predators, reaching speeds of up to 34 miles per hour (55 kilometers per hour). Lions, cheetahs, leopards, painted dogs, hyenas, and eagles all like to snack on a warthog when they get a chance. When humans get out of bed, they often stumble along groggily, rubbing their eyes to wake up. Warthogs don’t have the luxury of waking up slowly. When they leave their burrow, they must dash out at top speed in case any predators are lying in wait for them!
But it’s not easy to catch them. In addition to being good at dodging and running, warthogs are not afraid to fight. They use their sharp lower canine teeth (which look like straight tusks) as weapons, while squealing at the top of their lungs! When they move slowly, their tail hangs down, but when they run, their tail sticks up with the bushy tip hanging down. This may serve as a warning to other warthogs if danger is near.