Date
24 June 2018
A photographer captured images (inset) of a wild boar swimming in waters off Hong Kong Island on Tuesday, saying he was taken by surprise at the scene . Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Sai Wan community
A photographer captured images (inset) of a wild boar swimming in waters off Hong Kong Island on Tuesday, saying he was taken by surprise at the scene . Photos: HKEJ, Facebook/Sai Wan community

Wild boar caught on camera swimming in Victoria Harbour waters

A wild boar was spotted swimming in the waters of Victoria Harbour Tuesday evening, prompting chatter among curious onlookers, some of whom took it as a sign of the arrival of spring.

An avid photographer who happened to be near the waterfront took multiple pictures of the animal, with some of them being close-range shots, news website hk01.com reports.

According to the photographer, he first saw the boar swimming near the Western District Public Cargo Working Areas in Sai Wan, before it moved elsewhere.

After splashing around in the waters a bit, the animal is believed to have eventually headed toward Kennedy Town, rather than crossing the sea to Kowloon.

While it was seemingly enjoying the cold water very much, the photographer said there was a tense moment when a boat came right at the animal.

However, the boat operator saw the boar just in time, prompting him to take a quick turn and avoid hitting the creature.

The photographer, a person surnamed Cheuk, thinks the boar ended up getting ashore at the pier across the Kennedy Town Praya bus stop.

It is not known where the boar came from and how it got into the waters.

In November 2015, a wild boar was rescued by a dragon boat team in the waters in Tsuen Kwan O after the team members saw the animal struggling to swim in the water.

The animal was taken to the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals before being transferred to the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.

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