The soft life in Africa

As happy as a pig with a pillow

A friend received this e-mail from a friend in Zim and sent me this picture and story which I thought was delightful.

They had been away at a game park and on the first evening, while sitting in front of the fire in the bar, in walked a fully grown warthog.  He walked over to the bar and without a word the bar man handed him a pillow. He took the pillow in his mouth, dropped it next to the fire and promptly lay down with his head on the pillow and went to sleep where, apparently he spends the cold nights. In the morning he’s off into the bush again!  My friend says that if the barman isn’t there, he’ll just grab a pillow off one of the couches!

I suspect this is probably true and isn’t an urban legend (or should I rather say bush legend) as I have friends, Di and Andy, who had a so-called Vietnamese miniature pot-bellied pig. As ‘Snogwaan’ grew older it became very clear that the only resemblance she bore to this description was that she was clearly a pig and definitely pot-bellied – weighing in at probably 1000 kg + and at least 2 meters in length.  If, in error, my friends left the sitting room door open, Snogwaan, showing stealth and agility belying her figure, would remove all the cushions off the couch and chairs and make a fabulous bed for herself on the floor.  So clearly there is a genetic coding for soft comfy sleeping quarters. And so Di made Snogwaan’s bed on the covered verandah every night and tucked her in under a warm duvet … certainly the soft life in Africa!


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