Happy Halloween and Happy Waterhole Wednesday! We have had a warthog take up residence at our home this week. He has decided to make our waterhole his own personal splash pool. I don’t begrudge him that because it certainly has been hot but I think his frequent visits are making the water go gross faster than ever. The other animals aren’t coming around as much and seem to be drinking only out of desperation. I’ve nicknamed our new border Mr. Farty Pants and I think he plans on staying.
Warthogs spend their nights in holes in the ground, often holes that have originally been dug by Aardvarks. Adult warthogs enter these holes backwards and if they are being chased by a predator they will quickly make their turn at the last moment throwing lots of dust into the air (from The Mammals of the Southern African Sub-region by J.D. Skinner and R.H.N. Smithers).
I love Halloween and have been a little disappointed that I can’t share the trick-or-treat tradition with my girls but we decided to dress up anyway and make some Warthog masks. I cut some tusks out of a cereal box and stapled them to a toilet paper roll. I then covered the front end of the tube with a circle that was also cut from the cereal box.
The girls got busy painting the tusks white and pasting on some black construction paper nostrils.
I had originally stapled a rubber band that I cut open to either side of the back of the snout but that snapped as soon I tried to put it over the girls’ heads so we ended up tying on the warthog snouts with string. I think elastic would have worked best but I didn’t have any of that.
Boo was already dressed as a princess in honor of Halloween when we put on her mask. What do you think of our warthog princess costume? Would you give this face some candy if she came knocking at your door?
Kooks was a fairy warthog but she didn’t feel like having her photo taken. Have a wonderful Halloween and eat some candy for us! My favorites are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and 100 Grands.
***** We have a Farty Pants update *****
Shortly after I published this post I discovered that Mr. Farty Pants is a family man. Mrs. Farty Pants came for a drink with Baby Farty Pants and I had to share another photo. Look at that little face – so ugly it’s cute.