JAPAN

Tusked marauder: Wild boar lets Japanese TV cameraman have it

Kobe TV crew on assignment covering growing problem of pigs into the city savaged by a wild boar

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 June, 2014, 10:34pm
UPDATED : Friday, 27 June, 2014, 6:24pm

A wild boar has become the ultimate media critic, savaging a Japanese television cameraman sent to cover its rampage through a city’s streets.

Bystanders caught the attack on their smartphones ­– keeping a safe distance from the tusked marauder. 

The television crew had been sent to cover the boar’s assault through the streets of Kobe, which has a problem with burgeoning populations of pigs and deer coming into the city from the countryside.

The boar first knocked over a female pedestrian before turning its attention to the unfortunate cameraman.

Video of the attack shows the cameraman running in circles in a vain attempt to escape the boar, before he falls to the ground, with the animal delivering a couple of swift – and painful – bites to his leg and bottom.

But the attack could have been worse, as the boar decided to rip off the cameraman’s shoe instead of attacking him further.

The cameraman was later seen leaving hospital on crutches with a bandage around one leg.

The fate of the boar is not known.