Footage shows terrifyingly big wild boar rummaging through a bin and people are nervous
While the wild animals that most of us tend to see in our cities will be the likes of raccoons, foxes, stray cats or dogs, other parts of the world have far different problems. For instance, in Hong Kong, they have the unusual problem of wild boars making their way into urban areas, usually leaving some destruction in their wake.
There have been numerous incidents of this in recent years, with 518 reports in 2016 alone. Last summer, two men were injured after a small wild boar rampaged through the city, slipping away from animal control officers after being spotted in the bushes of a public park. Police officers eventually had to use riot shields and nets to guide it into a van, with one cop and a 73-year-old passer-by hospitalized in the scuffle.
In 2016, a female boar weighing 50kg caused havoc after she wandered into Hong Kong International Airport. After managing to hide from the authorities, it was caught by officers using shields to pin it to the floor. The injured pig was taken to the New Territories North animal management center in Sheung Shui, while the airport reported that operations and property weren't affected or damaged by the incident.
“After sighting the wild pig in the restricted area," a spokesperson for the Airport Authority explained, "staff immediately gave chase and also called in officers from the security unit who later subdued it".
Feral pigs are known to cause significant economic losses to agriculture by damaging crops and fencing in farmland areas, but spotting them so close to the hub of human activity is rare. This week, a concerned parent filmed a herd of wild boar as they routed through the garbage, right outside of their children's school.
The video was published on the Facebook page tu.com.hk, where the video went viral, gaining over 300,000 views already. The clip is short, but you can see the smaller piglets loitering while the absolutely massive one stands on its hind legs, rooting through the dumpster to find any food it can. One user wrote: "It's so hungry, and the wild boar has the right to live and freedom. He is only hungry."
There are strict laws in place to deter people from transporting and releasing live feral pigs, with fines starting at $2200 for possessing a wild animal, rising as high as $22,000. But there are some who believe there could be other reasons other than humans transporting or releasing them.
Conservationist Alex Hofford spoke to the South China Morning Post about this issue, saying that it is down to the fact that these animals were being forced into urban areas in search of food, as Hong Kong has limited supplies of natural food and a lack of biodiversity.
It hasn't been reported what happened to this pack yet, but hopefully they were transported back into the wild without being harmed or harming others.