Date
24 August 2017
Police used plastic riot shields to pin down a wild boar that strayed onto the apron at Chek Lap Kok Airport on Tuesday. Photos: HKEJ, YouTube
Police used plastic riot shields to pin down a wild boar that strayed onto the apron at Chek Lap Kok Airport on Tuesday. Photos: HKEJ, YouTube

Wild boar sends airport police into tizzy

A wild boar sauntered into the apron of the Hong Kong international airport on Tuesday, causing anxious moments to the security personnel overseeing the restricted zone.

At about 2 pm, staff at the Chek Lap Kok Airport spotted a one-meter long adult boar wandering around in an aircraft parking area.

The alarmed workers alerted the airport police immediately as they were afraid the animal might go onto the runway and disrupt arriving or departing flights, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

Officers from the airport’s security unit then began an operation to catch the boar, which was a female weighing around 50 kilograms.

After a chase that lasted almost half an hour, the police pinned the animal onto the ground with the help of plastic riot shields.

As it was captured, the boar suffered some injuries, with blood seen near its mouth and nose.

Staff from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department arrived at the scene and took away the animal to the New Territories North Animal Management Center.

After the injuries are treated and the wild pig recovers, it will be released into the hills.

It is believed that the animal wandered into the airport area in search of food. A country park lies not too far from the apron of the airport.

The animal may have made its journey on land and water as boars are known to be good swimmers.

An airport police officer told Apple Daily that they are perplexed as to how the animal was able to break into the apron area, which is guarded by multiple layers of steel wire meshes.

Following Tuesday’s incident, police will conduct checks to see if there is any hole in the fence, he said.

Meanwhile, there were reports that another wild pig was spotted the same day in the airport area, rattling the security personnel further.

At about 6 pm, a wild boar was said to have been spotted at the sea embankment of the airport’s pier.

The animal jumped into the sea and disappeared when police officers tried to catch it.

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