Riding ’round town: Baby boar takes MTR at Quarry Bay, changes to cross-harbor train

The baby wild boar hopped on the MTR at Quarry Bay before changing trains in North Point, sending MTR staff on a mid-afternoon chase. Photos: Facebook
The baby wild boar hopped on the MTR at Quarry Bay before changing trains in North Point, sending MTR staff on a mid-afternoon chase. Photos: Facebook

Hong Kong’s public transportation system is so hyper efficient, even wild boars—who have all of the city’s hills and country parks to explore—want to get a taste of it.

MTR staff at Quarry Bay station received a report Friday afternoon that a wild boar had wandered into the concourse. They located the piglet and using a tarpaulin sheet, attempted to lure it to a less crowded corner, according to Apple Daily.

The boar, however, had other plans. On the platform, it boarded a passing train in the direction of Kennedy Town, startling passengers as they videoed the scene while watching the confused creature scuttling up and down the carriage.

Video showed MTR staff trying, and failing, to catch the nimble-footed boar.

The boar alighted a stop later at North Point, made its way through the underground tunnel and boarded a cross-harbor train on the Tsueng Kwan O line.

Staff arranged for commuters not to get on the train, and diverted it to the Tseung Kwan O depot where personnel from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) were waiting.

In photos of the empty carriage, the plucky piglet—presumably worn out from all that running—is seen resting on the priority seat, unwilling to leave.

The baby boar was eventually caught by AFCD personnel and, upon evaluation, released back into the wild.

It’s hardly the first time that Hong Kong’s precious boars have been caught in their not-so-natural habitat. Last summer, a family of wild pigs took a dip in a fountain outside a bank tower in Central.

Earlier this year, a boar sauntered into Wong Chuk Hang MTR station, but unlike the star of this subway adventure, did not hitch a ride on any train.

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