Wild boar rescued by dragon boat team in Tseung Kwan O

November 02, 2015 15:19
Rescuers save a wild boar from drowning, while a herd of cattle mourn the death of a member in Sai Kung. Photos: Headline Daily, Ming Pao

A wild boar was rescued by a dragon boat team in the waters off LOHAS Park in Tsuen Kwan O, Ming Pao Daily reported on Monday.

The team members, who were practicing in the area around 10 a.m. on Sunday, saw the animal struggling to swim in the water and decided to bring it aboard their dragon boat.

However, the animal measuring 3.5 feet in length was apparently scared of the rescuers and jumped back into the water thrice.

So they called for help from the police and staff of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.

The rescuers finally captured the boar, placed it in a steel cage and took it to the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden.

Roni Wong Ho-yin of the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group said wild boars are good swimmers and they sometimes swim to another island in search of food.

Wong said the animals do not usually attack people unprovoked, so the public need not worry when they see one.

Veterinary surgeon Eric Lai said the dragon boat team did the right thing by saving the wild boar as it was having a tough time trying to get onshore.

Earlier, at around 7 a.m., a feral cow was knocked down by a car on Sai Sha Road in Sai Kung.

The cow’s right front leg was broken and the animal was certified dead after veterinarians tried to resuscitate it.

Residents witnessed a touching scene as members of the herd mourned the loss of the cow by sniffing and touching it with their noses.

The driver, surnamed Sze, said she could not stop her car in time when a group of cattle rushed to the road.

She was allowed to leave after police took her personal details.

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