Wild about HK, December 17

17 Dec 2015

As urbanisation expands, it is not unusual for wild animals to appear in built-up areas throughout Hong Kong. These SCMP pictures from over the years also document a few surprises. Above, a buffalo trots down the street in Mui Wo on Lantau Island and, top right, a wild boar causes problems in Aberdeen earlier this year. Right, a barking deer is trapped in a building site in Mid-Levels, while a 2.4-metre Burmese python is caught at Tai Mo Shan. Macaques are a common sight but not so much crocodiles, such as the Yuen Long croc pictured beside the Kam Tin River in 2003. It was eventually captured. Below, a whale, about seven metres long, was found stranded at Hung Shek Mun in Tai Po two years ago, and, bottom right, the carcass of a two-tonne whale shark in lifted out of the water at Kwai Chung container terminal after it is believed to have hit a barge.