Now boar-ding - wild pig chase at HK air­port

Kuwait Times - - HEALTH & SCIENCE -

A wild boar led Hong Kong po­lice on a merry chase af­ter it wan­dered onto the apron of Hong Kong’s in­ter­na­tional air­port yes­ter­day. Sev­eral of­fi­cers were able to trap the an­i­mal, hold­ing it down with their plastic riot shields af­ter they caught up with it at Chek Lap Kok In­ter­na­tional Air­port. “Around 2:30 pm, there was a wild pig that en­tered the re­stricted area where the planes are parked,” an Air­port Author­ity spokeswoman told AFP.

“The air­port po­lice unit was mo­bi­lized and sub­dued the pig,” she said, ad­ding that op­er­a­tions at the air­port were not af­fected. Video pub­lished on the Ap­ple Daily web­site showed the an­i­mal dash­ing away from po­lice. “It’s run­ning over here! It’s cov­ered in blood,” a man film­ing the pig from a ve­hi­cle com­mented.

Photographs showed blood on the beast’s nose and mouth as it lay on the ground un­der the crush of three po­lice shields.

It was an adult fe­male, around one me­tre long and weighed around 50 kg, lo­cal me­dia re­ported cit­ing a spokesper­son from the Agriculture, Fish­eries and Con­ser­va­tion Depart­ment. It had re­port­edly been trans­ferred to an an­i­mal man­age­ment cen­ter to have hits wounds in­spected.

Wild boars are wide­spread in the Hong Kong coun­try­side and oc­ca­sion­ally wan­der into vil­lages and ur­ban ar­eas in search of food. The agriculture depart­ment ad­vises peo­ple not to ap­proach them as they may be­come ag­gres­sive if threat­ened. A wild pig caused havoc in 2015 when it wan­dered into a shop knock­ing down a man­nequin and briefly en­tered a chang­ing room, forc­ing staff and cus­tomers to leave. — AFP

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