Very Important Pigs get police escort back to Hong Kong country park
Video shows officers leading two animals to Aberdeen Country Park after they were spotted on Nam Ning Street
Two wild pigs were given a special police escort back to a country park after a jaunt in the concrete jungle on Tuesday morning.
Thousands of officers may have been mobilised to maintain security for top mainland official Zhang Dejiang’s Hong Kong visit, but this team had a special mission of its own – making sure two lost animals did not go hog-wild in the city.
The porcine pair was first spotted wandering on Nam Ning Street in Aberdeen by a passer-by shortly before 6am. They left before police arrived.
About two hours later, the two resurfaced on Aberdeen Promenade off Aberdeen Praya Road, about 100 metres away from Nam Ning Street.
A video clip posted on social media showed seven officers carrying shields and extendable batons accompanying the animals in an effort to prevent them from running off or ramming passers-by.
Under escort, the creatures went up a footbridge across Aberdeen Praya Road from Aberdeen Promenade. Officers had to block Aberdeen Main Road while they crossed, the footage showed.
They then turned onto Tsung Man Street before going uphill along Aberdeen Reservoir Road towards Aberdeen Country Park.
At one point, an officer was seen waving his baton and telling the pigs: “Keep moving. Be good. Go uphill.”
A police spokeswoman said the two wild pigs were each about one metre long. Officers followed them to the country park at about 9.15am.
The two were later seen heading up a slope near St Peter’s Secondary School.
At about 10.30am, one of them was spotted at a nearby basketball court.
According to the spokeswoman, it was captured at about 12.30pm after a vet from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department shot it with a tranquilliser dart.
Its partner in grime was nowhere to be found.
In a separate incident, another wild pig had to be freed by firefighters after getting stuck in a fence in Kwai Chung.
The animal, spotted at about 6.18am by an 18-year-old passer-by, was trapped when its neck became stuck between two metal bars of a fence at the Kwai Chung section of Castle Peak Road. It was handed over to staff from the conservation department after being freed.
The adult female weighed about 40kg and was one metre long, according to a department spokeswoman.
“An initial examination showed it had suffered external wounds to the neck. It is likely to be released back into the environment,” she said.