Digging for Pig: Lion claws through the mud for seven hours to discover a warthog hiding in its burrow

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Going the hole hog: Lion claws through the mud for seven hours to discover a warthog hiding in its hole

  • A determined lion spent seven hours digging through the earth to discover a warthog hiding in the ground
  • The warthog tried to flee, but the lion would not let his dinner run away and killed the other animal
  • Warthogs often spend their time in burrows taken from smaller animals to hide from predators

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A lion determined to eat a warthog spent seven hours scratching its way through the mud to expose its prey hiding in its burrow.

Incredible photos show the male African lion, caked in mud, with his paws on the ground trying to dig out the 165-pound hidden warthog.

After the impressive effort, the warthog tried to flee from its den, but the lion, determined not to waste its hard work, grabbed the animal by the neck and killed it – before devouring it in five minutes.

Sales engineer Suhaib Alvi, 24, from Nairobi, Kenya, saw the lion dig out in Maasai Mara National Park.

Warthogs often steal burrows from other smaller animals such as aardvarks instead of wasting time digging their own pits.

The burrows are used as a shelter to sleep safely at night, as well as protection for their young from predators.

The baby animals are normally allowed to enter the burrow first, with the mother warthog moving back in so that she can jump out and face predators that get too close.

A lion determined to eat a warthog spent seven hours scratching its way through the mud to expose its prey hiding in its burrow

A lion determined to eat a warthog spent seven hours scratching its way through the mud to expose its prey hiding in its burrow

With the 165-pound warthog buried firmly underground, the lion had to dig fairly deep to unearth the hidden animal

With the 165-pound warthog buried firmly underground, the lion had to dig fairly deep to unearth the hidden animal

With the 165-pound warthog buried firmly underground, the lion had to dig fairly deep to unearth the hidden animal

After successfully uncovering the hidden warthog, the victorious lion, completely covered in mud, killed its prey and began tearing away the flesh

After successfully uncovering the hidden warthog, the victorious lion, completely covered in mud, killed its prey and began tearing away the flesh

After successfully uncovering the hidden warthog, the victorious lion, completely covered in mud, killed its prey and began tearing away the flesh

Warthogs use burrows for a number of reasons, such as defending themselves from predators at night, as well as protecting their young.

Warthogs use burrows for a number of reasons, such as defending themselves from predators at night, as well as protecting their young.

Warthogs use burrows for a number of reasons, such as defending themselves from predators at night, as well as protecting their young.

Both the lion and the warthog are covered in mud while the lion pins its prey to the ground.  The warthog had tried to flee from its den when the lion got close, but couldn't

Both the lion and the warthog are covered in mud while the lion pins its prey to the ground.  The warthog had tried to flee from its den when the lion got close, but couldn't

Both the lion and the warthog are covered in mud while the lion pins its prey to the ground. The warthog had tried to flee from its den when the lion got close, but couldn’t

The face of victory: After a long day of digging, the lion lies down on the ground and chews on the freshly dug up warthog

The face of victory: After a long day of digging, the lion lies down on the ground and chews on the freshly dug up warthog

The face of victory: After a long day of digging, the lion lies down on the ground and chews on the freshly dug up warthog

When the warthog had tried to flee, the lion had grabbed the animal by the neck and killed it

When the warthog had tried to flee, the lion had grabbed the animal by the neck and killed it

When the warthog had tried to flee, the lion had grabbed the animal by the neck and killed it

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