A doctoral student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong was arrested for attacking toads with a stun gun at a park in Tai Po in the early hours of Tuesday, Apple Daily reports.
The 23-year-old male student, surnamed Jing, said the torch-shaped stun gun he used was a gift from a friend and he did it out of boredom.
Passers-by called the police after they heard loud cries from toads and saw Jing holding a torch and acting suspiciously at a patch of underbrush near his residence at Plover Cove Garden on 3 Plover Cove Road.
When police officers arrived at the scene, Jing threw away the stun gun, which measures 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in length, and ran, but was later arrested.
CUHK confirmed that the man arrested is a mainland student doing Geoinformation and Earth Sciences research at the university.
Jing faces a charge of possession of weapon without a valid license.
Under the Firearms and Ammunition Ordinance, any person convicted of illegal possession of a weapon could face a jail term of up to 14 years and a fine of as much as HK$100,000.
Jack Ip Ka-hang, operations director at the Hong Kong Society of Herpetology Foundation, warned the public against coming into contact with toads, noting that they could excrete poisonous substances when under threat.
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