While parking next to the Wild Dogs’ den on the first afternoon I frequently noticed some Warthogs trotting in its vicinity. The dogs were sleeping nearby and the pups were inside, but this didn’t deter the Warthogs from coming close. Only when I saw one big male Warthog heading straight for the entrance of the den. This was too much now for the dogs. They stood up with eyes and ears pointing to the intruder until the Alpha female started running towards it. Other dogs joined her and the Warthog ran back. The dogs circled it repeatedly but the Warthog chased them away. It was impressive to see the size difference between the dogs and the Warthog. The interaction carried on for about ten minutes, until the Warthog gave up and walked off.
I thought it could be a one off encounter but for the whole week the Warthog kept on coming back to the den. Some mornings I even saw the Warthog come out from the same hole where the pups were sleeping. Sometimes the adults chased him away, other times they just looked at it perplexed. I was totally amazed by this unusual interaction!