Date
26 July 2017
A rat curls up in an MTR car (left) after failing to make an exit. Earlier, police officers escort visitors to the city (no, not from Beijing) who may just want to get to know its people better. Photos: Facebook/Alan Sun, Facebook/Ellis Kwong
A rat curls up in an MTR car (left) after failing to make an exit. Earlier, police officers escort visitors to the city (no, not from Beijing) who may just want to get to know its people better. Photos: Facebook/Alan Sun, Facebook/Ellis Kwong

Rat creates chaos on MTR; boars take a walk in the park

There are many tails in the big city.

Some are scary; others may bring a smile to your lips as they remind us that in Hong Kong, nature is not so far away.

Here are a couple of animal stories.

A rat was spotted on a southbound train leaving the MTR’s Prince Edward Station, creating panic among the passengers.

They fled the train at Yau Ma Tei Station, Apple Daily reported Wednesday.

A report on hk01.com said some passengers screamed and jumped onto the seats to avoid the little rodent.

The incident took place at around 1 p.m. Tuesday in a train on the Kwun Tong Line.

The rat was seen scurrying on the floor next to a train door, apparently trying to escape, but to no avail.

An MTR Corp. representative said staff at Yau Ma Tei Station received a report of rodent activity from a passenger, but subsequent inspections showed no sight of rats.

The firm said it arranged thorough inspections, as well as cleaning and sterilization, of the train after it returned to the depot at Tiu Keng Leng.

The same morning, two wild boars were spotted near the Aberdeen Promenade.

But in contrast to an incident last year in which a fellow boar wandered, lost, in the area, this one was resolved quite peacefully.

The two boars, each about one meter long, were believed to have come from the Aberdeen Reservoir and could have ended up in the urban area in search of food.

Police officers holding shields were called to the scene.

They escorted the two boars on a one-kilometer walk that included crossing a road via an overhead footbridge — imagine the reaction of the pedestrians on the bridge to the little procession — eventually arriving on the side of a hillside, where the animals were returned to the wild.

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