Heard the story about a warthog that walked into the bar?

14 September 2016 - 19:55 By Deneesha Pillay


The story of a wild warthog who became a celebrity for frequenting a bar at a Zimbabwean game park has resurfaced on social media. A photograph of Spike the warthog snugly lying at a fireplace with his head on a pillow emerged on Facebook last week.“This is from a friend from South Africa.“He 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. The hog walked over to the bar and without a word the barman handed him a pillow‚” Günter Singer said in his post.This is from a friend from South Africa. He had been away at a game park and on the first evening, while sitting in... Posted by Günter Singer on Thursday, September 8, 2016Singer added that Spike 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!“This is where‚ apparently‚ he spends the cold nights. Then‚ in the morning‚ he's off into the bush again! If the barman isn't there‚ he'll just grab a pillow off one of the couches!" Here he is‚ in all his glory‚” the post added.Spike had become a ‘celebrity’ at the Pamuzinda Safari Lodge at Dunhu Ramambo and was a much loved by the lodge’s staff and guests. But a reservationist at Dunhu Ramambo told TMG Digital on Wednesday that Spike had died almost two years ago.“It is unfortunate that the warthog passed away and we no longer have it with us.“However these days we have stars such as Jasmine the baby giraffe who frequents the lodge to be fed horse cubes and to have interaction with the guests as they get selfies. Also a popular people’s fan is Dunhu our recent born baby elephant‚” the reservationist said.

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