Is it better to let sleeping boars lie? Not according to HK authorities, who set about capturing a wild pig found napping near a main road in Aberdeen yesterday, leading to a showdown between officers and the bleary-eyed beast.
According to Apple Daily, the 1.2 meter-long wild boar weighing about 70 kilograms was spotted wandering around Aberdeen at around 8am yesterday looking for food before hiding behind the bushes in Old Main Street Rest Park to grab some shut-eye.
Police and staff from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) saw their chance and started getting the traps ready until the boar — after a two-hour slumber — woke up and tried to make a run for it.
During the tussle, an officer tried to lure the wild boar into a cage with bread and corner it with nets and shields.
The boar then made a valiant attempt to try and escape by running around the cage, and at one point tried to jump on top of the cage before eventually getting caught inside a net.
It was taken to an animal hospital on Hong Kong Island, where a vet found the boar had a slight bruise on its face but was otherwise uninjured, and was released back into the wild.
A woman surnamed Cheung, accompanied by her 3-year-old daughter, told the newspaper that they weren’t scared of the wild boar, adding that they have seen it wandering around the park at least 10 times.
However, the animal, one would think, may be a little hesitant to return to its old stomping (and sleeping) ground.