Pygmy Hog

The tiniest pig in the world
Found curled beneath tall grass
In India, Bhutan, & Nepal earlier
Lives now in a vague blur
Ever smaller from fear of extinction
Hidden in just a tuft of left-over Assamese grass.
The pygmy hog, a tiny little harmless hairy hog
Heir to the luxury of Ganga’s bog;
Known for its halo
A playful waving yellow
Of glorious golden grass.

The pygmy hog is the smallest member of the pig family. Previously it was widespread in tall and wet grasslands along the foothills of the Himalayas in India, Nepal, and Bhutan but today is critically endangered due to degradation of its grassland habitat.