Date
23 July 2017
Got any food in here? A wild boar enters the report room of the Tsuen Wan police headquarters. Photo: Facebook/HK Police
Got any food in here? A wild boar enters the report room of the Tsuen Wan police headquarters. Photo: Facebook/HK Police

Tsuen Wan police caught off guard by uninvited guest

This wild boar is a toughie who is clearly not afraid of humans, be they civilians or uniformed officers.

The fearsome animal, about three feet in length, entered the report room of the New Territories South Regional Police Headquarters in Tsuen Wan around noon on Wednesday, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

People scampered away as the boar snorted its way around the room, and, failing to find any food, decided to leave after 10 minutes and headed for the MTR Tsuen Wan Station. 

Fearing it might scare people on the streets, several policemen took their batons and shields and tailed the animal with the aim of driving it back to the wilderness.

The boar, however, took a leisurely pace as it strolled along the busy streets of downtown Tsuen Wan.

Pedestrians were amused by the sight of armed officers helplessly following a wild animal.

For a while the boar stopped in front of the MTR station, seemingly trying to decide whether to enter it or not, but later continued its walk along the main road.

Once in a while it stopped or slowed its pace, making it clear to the policemen that it didn’t want to be followed.

After about an hour of tailing and chasing, the officers heaved a collective sigh of relief when they saw staff of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department arrive at the scene.

Using a large net, they caught the struggling and squealing animal and put it in a steel cage.

The AFCD personnel subjected the boar to a physical checkup, found it did not sustain any injuries from its midday escapade, and released it back into the wild, Apple Daily reported.

Hunting or harming wild animals is banned under the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance; violators face a fine of up to HK$50,000.

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