Hot-Hogs: Wild boars invade Hong Kong swimming pools and malls ‘to escape heat’

Hong Kong’s wild boars are just like their human counterparts it seems. When the weather gets too hot to bear, they head for swimming pools and malls.

Residents out and about in the New Territories yesterday were treated to a double serving of pig in the city after wild boars had to be removed from a public pool at Shing Mun Valley Park, Tsuen Wan, and the Paradise Mall in Heng Fa Chuen.

The first 40kg beast caused a kerfuffle at the pool around 11am, with officers from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department forced to move in with the tranquilliser darts.

Once over its ordeal, the water-loving hog was released back into the wild.

Then in an evening escapade the same day, another bullish boar made its way into a children’s clothing store in Paradise Mall at around 9pm.

After knocking over some mannequins and crashing through the store’s false ceiling, the obviously confused creature suffered a four-hour standoff with shop workers, the public and police before finally being subdued by vets.

Check out the (Cantonese) TVB video here.

The adolescent female (cue jokes about teenage girls hanging out in malls) was taken to the New Territories North Animal Management Centre for observation.

One boar hunter told Ming Pao Daily the animals may have been trying to escape the heat or became stranded due to the weekend’s heavy rain.

Photo: TVB screengrab

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