Date
23 January 2017
The young boar catches a shelf (left photo) after falling from a false ceiling and knocks down a mannequin (right) in a children's clothing store. Photo:  NowTV
The young boar catches a shelf (left photo) after falling from a false ceiling and knocks down a mannequin (right) in a children's clothing store. Photo: NowTV

Stray boar in shopping mall has shoppers clicking away

It must be the heat.

How else could you explain a pair of young wild boars cooling their heels in a shopping mall and in a swimming pool in the New Territories?

In the first incident, a boar was spotted taking a dip in a Tsuen Wan pool before government vets caught up with it with a tranquilizer shot, Ming Pao Daily reported Monday.

Hours later, a three-footer checked into the cool comfort of Paradise Mall in Heng Fa Chuen district, causing a commotion and some lost business.

The boar wandered into a children’s clothing outlet, knocking a few things as it went, including a mannequin and a few other displays.

It then climbed into the store’s false ceiling which could not hold its weight, sending it crashing to the floor.

Dozens of surprised shoppers clicked away and cajoled the animal for the best shots, apparently none the worse after the fall.

When vets armed with tranquilizer shots arrived, the drama had been on for three hours.

All that time, police had been on hand.

There were no reports of injuries or serious damage although the store said it might have lost thousands of dollars worth of business. 

The animal was brought to the New Territories North Animal Management Center for observation.

A boar hunter said the boars might have been looking to escape the heat or they might have been out foraging after a heavy rain and became stranded.

He said he had seen at least 40 wild boars in the Stanley mountains and their numbers are growing because the government controls hunting of wild animals.

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