“Do old warthogs look like Vanderbilt or Mr. Gronko?”

Warthog (Image by D. Gordon E. Robertson via Wikipedia)

First let’s define our terms. Thanks to the power of the Roku + the Netflix, The Four-Year-Old has recently discovered the Busytown Mysteries, an animated Canadian children’s show based on characters created by Richard Scarry.

One afternoon, after spending a pleasant half-hour getting together again with Huckle, an orange tabby with a passion for solving everyday mysteries, The Four-Year-Old began reflecting on the realism of the show.

“Mommyo, do old warthogs look like Vanderbilt or Mr. Gronko?”

Although I have been unable to find photos of either the Warthog Vanderbilt or Mr. Gronko on the Intertubes, I can tell you, thanks to The Four-Year-Old’s superior information, that both are indeed characters on the Busytown Mysteries. Vanderbilt checks the weather in Busytown, while Mr. Gronko is “the biggest grump in Busytown.”

Further conversation elicited the key point. Using skills picked up from previous afternoons spent with Buddy (a five-year-old T. Rex on the Dinosaur Train), The Four-Year-Old had been busily comparing features between the two warthogs. Vanderbilt has two pairs of tusks, while Mr. Gronko has only one.

And that observation brings us to the The Four-Year-Old’s real question: Do warthogs have one pair of tusks or only two?

“Old warthogs, Mommyo.”

Excuse me. The Four-Year-Old only cares about old warthogs. Young warthogs need not apply.

Skull of a male warthog. (Image by Didier Descouens via Wikipedia)

Preliminary results from Asking the iPhone indicate that warthogs have two pairs of tusks, making Vanderbilt the more accurately drawn of the two.

Still, could old warthogs lose their tusks? This guy certainly appears to only sport three tusks, instead of the regulation four, which implies that tusk-related mishaps can happen. And let’s not forget that Mr. Gronko is widely acknowledged to be the biggest grump in Busytown. Perhaps that’s because he has had so much trouble keeping his tusks.

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About Shala Howell

Writer of things ranging from optical network switching white papers to genetic testing patient education materials to historical fiction set in an 1880s asylum. When I’m not scratching my head over pesky characters who refuse to do things how I want them done or dreaming of my next book (which will of course be much easier to write than the current one), my writerly self can be found blogging about life with a very curious Ten-Year-Old at Caterpickles.com, or musing about books and the writing life at BostonWriters.wordpress.com.
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2 Responses to “Do old warthogs look like Vanderbilt or Mr. Gronko?”

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