Wild boar hogs limelight in Hong Kong shopping mall

2015-05-11 14:57
A wild boar is seen on top of a display rack at a children’s clothing store in a mall in Hong Kong on May 10 2015. (Apple Daily, AP)

A wild boar is seen on top of a display rack at a children’s clothing store in a mall in Hong Kong on May 10 2015. (Apple Daily, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Hong Kong - A wild boar which strayed into Hong Kong's urban jungle caused havoc when it wandered into a shop and forced staff and customers to leave, authorities said on Monday.

The 25kg female, around 0.91m long, ventured into a children's wear shop at a mall in the crowded Chai Wan district late on Sunday.

"The wild pig entered a shop and people called police. When officers arrived, staff and customers were evacuated. It then went up to seek a hideout in the loft," a police spokesperson told AFP.

During a stand-off with about 10 officers that lasted several hours, the animal also briefly entered a changing room and knocked down and bit a mannequin, the South China Morning Post reported.

Eventually it was tranquillised and taken to an animal centre for observation. It was likely to be released back to the wild later.

The Post said the incident was the second such incursion of the day, after a boar was seen taking a swim at a pool in a public park in Tsuen Wan. It was tranquillised and returned to the wild.

Despite its densely packed high-rise districts, country parks and nature reserves make up 40% of Hong Kong's land area.

It is not especially unusual for wildlife – notably pythons and other snakes – to find their way into urban areas.

Authorities advise the public to avoid contact with boars, which have been known to charge humans.

Read more on:    hong kong  |  animals

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.