Wild boar injures police officer and security guard at Hong Kong housing estate

Two men were treated at Ruttonjee Hospital after being gored by the wild animal.

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 November, 2016, 1:51pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 November, 2016, 9:30pm

A security guard and a police officer were hurt Saturday morning after a wild boar broke into a residential housing estate on Tin Hau Temple Road in North Point.

According to a police spokesman, the building’s security guard, named Kam Fai, 73, sustained hand and leg injuries and the police officer, whose name was not disclosed, sustained a leg injury during the incident.

The two victims were taken to Ruttonjee Hospital for treatment and were later discharged, according to the spokesman.

Police were called to the property at around 8.45am Saturday. After finding the wild boar inside a park near Tin Hau Temple Road, officers from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department caught the animal and transported it away in a cage.

Because the wild pig was “seriously injured”, authorities had to put it to sleep, a government spokesman said last night.

Saturday’s capture marked the latest in a series of incidents involving wild boars appearing in unexpected locations over the past several months.

In September, a policeman and a passer-by were injured on Tai On Street in Sai Wan Ho in another incident with a wild boar. The animal was sighted at a staircase in private housing estate named Les Saisons.

In June, a motorcyclist crashed on Clear Water Bay Road, Sai Kung, after hitting a wild boar. The motorcyclist was injured and the pig died.

In January, another wild boar was unexpectedly spotted in the shopping and business district of Admiralty. The animal was seen outside the Conrad International Hotel before it returned to the hills.

Conservationists explained that Hong Kong’s rapid urbanisation, dwindling food supply and construction near natural parks may be forcing wild animals to search for food in the city, which was likely to make sightings more frequent.

“Some wild animals are no longer able to survive in the countryside so they are pushed to find food in the urban areas, where humans are and where large amounts of rubbish are produced,” Angus Ho Hon-wai, Greeners Action executive director, told the Post.