Wild boar on the loose during Halloween, police escort it home

A 1.5-meter-long wild boar was spotted strolling through the streets of Aberdeen over the weekend. Photo via Facebook.
A 1.5-meter-long wild boar was spotted strolling through the streets of Aberdeen over the weekend. Photo via Facebook.

While some officers were dealing with Halloween revelers over the weekend, officers in Aberdeen were dealing with a different kind of public nuisance.

In today’s installment of #HKBoarWatch, Ming Pao reported a 1.5 meter-long wild boar was spotted casually strolling through Tong Sing Road at 6pm on a Saturday evening (presumably looking for a watering hole).

Police arrived on the scene shortly afterwards with shields and guided the boar back to its home – about 400 meters away from the busy town center.

The wild boar was escorted to its home on a hillside near the Shek Pai Wan Estate by police, journalists, and curious passers-by with their camera phones at about 8pm that evening. It then crawled under a gap under a fence where officers found more than 10 piglets.

Residents speaking to Ming Pao said the area’s population of wild boars had grown from about two or three to around 30, because people had been ignoring a sign warning not to feed the animals.

On.cc reported that residents found the den of wild boars about a year ago, but the alarm was not raised because they were gentle and seemed to pose no threat to residents.

This is hardly the first time a wild boar has been found on the loose wandering the streets of Hong Kong. Earlier this year, officers were sent on a wild boar chase in Tseung Kwan O that injured two people including a 73-year-old cyclist and a police officer who unwisely kicked the animal.

Last year, a wild boar casually strolled into Tsuen Wan police station, and officers also escorted two sleepy wild boars grabbing some shut eye in the bushes in Aberdeen.

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