A wayward boar gave worshippers quite the scare yesterday at a Sungai Buloh mosque, charging in right on time for Isha prayers (night prayer) at about 8pm last night.
One man was injured, and was treated for cuts and lacerations to his body after he was caught off-guard (as you would expect) by the uninvited boar.
Prior to the incident, witnesses reported that the animal had been charging at children outside before it decided to enter the mosque.
Individuals praying inside then tried to chase the boar away, resulting in a 30-minute long ordeal before the animal left.
Wild boars have become increasingly prevalent in many areas in peninsular Malaysia, and they occasionally trickle into housing areas from nearby rain forests. A recent study linked the surge in population to palm oil plantations providing ample fruit, allowing boars to feast, fueling their numbers. Prior to jungle clearing and palm oil planting, the natural bounty of the land was far more modest, not allowing numbers to surpass a certain point.
Upon leaving the mosque, the boar was shot dead by a nearby resident. You can watch the aftermath below, and for the record, one of us couldn’t get past beyond 10 seconds:
Well, that solves that. Also, boars are scary.