Two men in hospital after Hong Kong wild boar goes on rampage

A dozen police officers and conservation workers sent to capture the animal in Tseung Kwan O

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 June, 2017, 7:11pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 June, 2017, 8:36pm

One of the city’s wild boar gave police and conservation officials the runaround in Tseung Kwan O early on Saturday morning, injuring two people in the process.

Police received a report just after 7.30am that a boar had been spotted on the side of the road by bushes near Lohas Park.

A policeman responding to the call kicked the 60kg boar whilst trying to catch it. That caused the animal to attack the officer and a nearby elderly cyclist.

While the pig was on the rampage, it smashed into an Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department van, denting its side.

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Raising concerns about the treatment of the pig, the Wild Boar Concern Group said the animal had been provoked, and was defending itself.

The 73-year-old cyclist suffered injuries to his arms, back and legs.

The police officer, 34, fell over and hurt his arm.

Both men were taken to Tseung Kwan O hospital.

About 12 police officers and officials from the AFCD were sent to capture and restrain the animal, which was eventually subdued with nets, shields and a rope tied round its neck. The boar was taken away.

The case is not the first time a wild boar has run amok in Hong Kong’s urban areas.

In December last year, a 50kg wild pig haplessly wandered into the restricted zone at Hong Kong International Airport, alongside planes and airport vehicles. It was hit by an airport vehicle, and had to be put down.

Wild boars also fancy a spot of retail therapy. Back in 2015, one of the porcine pedestrians strayed into a shopping mall in Chai Wan, causing much disturbance.