Wild boar

Another wild boar spotted roaming Hong Kong – the third sighting in as many weeks

Animal trod the walls of Chuk Yuen Estate, close to Wong Tai Sin

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 03 February, 2016, 4:55pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 03 February, 2016, 4:58pm

A wild boar has been spotted roaming the walls of a Hong Kong housing estate – the third sighting in as many weeks.

The animal was seen exploring the Chuk Yuen Estate, close to Wong Tai Sin in Kowloon, at about 11am on Wednesday.

Photographs of the intrepid piggy’s adventure were shared on a Facebook group for notable Hong Kong events by onlooker Victor Kung.

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Many Facebook users reacted by calling for the boar to be protected, blaming the “human invasion” for the rise in wild boar sightings. Animal welfare experts have said development projects and construction around country parks have caused the animals to flee to Hong Kong’s urban jungle.

A spokeswoman for the Agriculture and Fisheries Department said it had not received any reports about the latest roaming wild boar.

She said anyone who noticed a wild pig loose in the city should consult the advice on the government’s website.

Hong Kong Police said they did not receive any calls or reports from the public about the boar.

Government advice: What should I do if I see a wild pig?

  • If you see pigs in the wild, you should keep calm, stay away and leave them undisturbed.
  • Do not approach any wild pigs, including piglets.
  • If necessary, you may hide behind a big tree or boulder and wait until the wild pigs leave before you proceed.
  • You must not drive them away with any object as it is dangerous to provoke them.

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Last month, police were called to reports of a wild pig running free outside the Conrad International Hotel in Admiralty. It eventually escaped into the hills after a tense stand-off with officers.

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Just two days later, a boar led police on a five-hour chase around Hong Kong Park until it was eventually tranquillised by a government animal control worker.