Hog Down: Man sent to hospital after being attacked by wild boar outside Hillview Avenue condo

Photo: @briannadeg / Twitter
Photo: @briannadeg / Twitter

The wild boars of Singapore are at it again. This time, a victim suffered cuts and lacerations on his legs after he was attacked by one outside a condo in Bukit Batok.

Though boar sightings are relatively common (here’s a whole herd chilling among people at Tuas bus interchange), actual attacks are far a few in between, aside from the usual collisions with motorcyclists on expressways.

The incident this morning saw a man in his 40s conveyed to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital around 8:43am, The Straits Times reported. According to an eyewitness, the attack occurred right outside the condominium along Hillview Avenue, and the animal was spotted lying on the ground near the condo’s bus stop. The beast was said to be still alive when medics and police arrived at the scene, which was cordoned off.

The last wild boar attack reported was back in June, when a Taiwanese housewife was gored in the leg by one while walking her dog at Windsor Nature Park near MacRitchie Reservoir. The lady required at least 60 stitches for the 10cm-long gash on her right calf.

Wild boar sightings and attacks in residential areas are even rarer, but they do happen. Last year, a wild boar was spotted trying desperately to escape from a bus stop in Bukit Panjang; while in Punggol’s Edgefield Plains neighborhood, a boy was injured after a beast chased him down.

Members of the public are advised to keep a safe distance from wild boars and avoid cornering or provoking them, like using flash while taking photos. You know, common sense stuff.

As commenters on ST’s Facebook page are wont to do, they provided absurd remarks about the attack. Here’s the best one.

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