These little piggies went to... Ocean Park: Wild piglets cause havoc

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 September, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 October, 2016, 2:38pm

Two wild piglets enjoyed an adventurous day out in Ocean Park yesterday before one of them was captured by agricultural officers.

The two were spotted on a shrub-covered hill next to the rotating Ocean Park Tower observation deck shortly after the park opened at 11am.

Police responding to the park's calls for assistance quickly cordoned off the area, keeping the piglets under observation, while calling for back-up from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

One of the boars was netted after a brief stand-off, but its partner broke through the cordon and fled from under the nose of its would-be captors. Agricultural officers called off their search after being satisfied that the runaway boar had left the park area.

An Ocean Park spokeswoman said the incident did not affect the theme park's operations and all attractions stayed open throughout the day.

"The incident took place not long after the park opened and there were not many visitors at the time," she said.

A spokeswoman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department said: "The wild pig that we caught is a male. It was uninjured and our officers later released it into the wild in Tai Lam Country Park."

Wild pigs are common in rural areas. Omnivorous, they eat roots, bulbs, insects, small animals, and any form of carrion. An adult wild pig can grow to about two metres long and weigh up to 200kg.

In general, wild pigs live in small family groups. They are shy and wary of human contact. But if provoked they can become aggressive.

In April 2011, three wild pigs were spotted near the Ocean Park administration building. Vets used tranquiliser guns to capture two of them while the remaining one escaped.

Last Friday morning, a wild piglet was spotted at a construction site in Quarry Bay. Agricultural officers were called in to catch it.

In January, a 2kg wild pig was caught in Sha Tin after it fell into a nullah.