Last year, I was lucky enough to catch this shot of a mama warthog feeding her babies. Warthogs are not the most attractive animals and these little guys are often passed up by children and their parents in a mad rush to get a little further down the walkway to see the rhinos and the elephants. See what you miss, people?
When I went back last week, I stopped by to say hello to Jacksonville’s resident warthogs, Tony and his mate, who for some reason I believe is called Nana (which is what Elle calls my mother instead of grandma and I think that’s hilarious). It took me a few minutes to realize that all those warthogs were the babies from last year! A nice couple standing next to me had plenty to say about the unappealing looks of the warthogs (they’re so ugly, they’re cute!) and wondered aloud if they were all a family. They were thrilled to learn that I had photographed this very group a year earlier, nursing from their mother.
Suddenly, the warthogs became very cute, even though they’re all grown up now.