Date
27 May 2017
Ocean Park was forced to close the "Raging River" attraction (L) briefly earlier this month after wild pigs strayed into the facility. Picture on the right shows a park official with a captured piglet. Photos: Ocean Park, Facebook
Ocean Park was forced to close the "Raging River" attraction (L) briefly earlier this month after wild pigs strayed into the facility. Picture on the right shows a park official with a captured piglet. Photos: Ocean Park, Facebook

Ocean Park faces questions after boars found dead at water ride

Ocean Park, the popular marine-themed tourist attraction in Hong Kong, admitted Tuesday that two wild boars were found dead in a water catchment area at the “Raging River” ride earlier this month.

Three boars made their way into the ride on May 18, and two of the animals were found dead in a water tank the next day, apparently due to drowning, the park said.

The third piglet was found alive but injured, officials said, according to the Hong Kong Economic Journal.

The remarks came after a Facebook group first brought to light sightings of wild pigs within the park area.

In the May 18 incident, park staff were said to have halted the “Raging River” ride after a boar was seen along the waterway. Two other boars were spotted later that day but they soon disappeared.

The next day, all three animals were found lying in a water tank — two dead and one injured.

According to hk01.com, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) is following up on the matter.

Questions have been raised as to why the park authorities did not inform AFCD immediately and make a public announcement after the problem was uncovered.

Ocean Park said it is addressing the issue and that it will take steps to prevent similar events from happening again.

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