Firemen rescue wild boar with head stuck in roadside fence
Wild pigs are common in Hong Kong; firemen had to cut the fence bars to free the boar with a hydraulic cutter; it was sent for medical treatment
A meter-long wild boar was found in Shau Kei Wan on Hong Kong Island on Monday – with its head stuck in the middle of a steel fence.
The little boar was found struggling in the roadside fence on Yiu Hing Road at 3am, trapped between the steel bars, HK01.com reported.
Firemen arrived and rescued the boar by using a hydraulic cutter to cut the bars. The boar’s head was bleeding, so it was sent to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) for medical treatment.
Meanwhile, a group of seven wild boars was found wandering in Wong Chuk Hang, the southern district of Hong Kong Island on Tuesday, Oriental Daily reported.
Two big and five small boars were found searching for food at 1am in Tong Bin Lane in Wong Chuk Hang. When the mother boar found some food in the rubbish bins, the five little boars rushed in and ate it. The boar family then wandered between Tong Bin Lane and Yip Hing Street.
Police received a report about them and arrived to monitor the boars, to try to ensure people passing by were not hurt.
The boar family stayed for an hour before going back up the hill.
The Conservation Department’s website says wild pigs are the largest native terrestrial mammal in Hong Kong. They are common, especially in the countryside in the New Territories.
Adult boars weigh up to 200 kilograms and can be up to 2 meters long.
In general, wild pigs are secretive and wary of human contact. However, if provoked or threatened they can become aggressive and may attack humans, particularly dominant males or sows with piglets.
Some wild pigs intrude into villages and urban areas in search of food, causing disturbance and damage to personal property.