Wild pigs can be dangerous, but experts agree that they are intelligent. Photo: iStock

A pig farmer was killed by a male boar weighing more than 110 kilograms in Liupanshui, Guizhou, China on September 27.

On September 26, the 48-year-old man from Yunnan surnamed Yuan, drove a truck carrying 15 boars to the town of Liupanshui with his brother-in-law surnamed Wu, Guizhou Evening Post reported. After the local market closed at around midnight, the duo went to nearby quarters to sleep.

Early the following day, Wu woke to discover Yuan missing, and he later found his brother-in-law sitting, immobile against the wall of a nearby barn.

When Wu noticed bloodstains beside Yuan’s lifeless body he called the police and the emergency services. Paramedics later pronounced Yuan dead at the scene.

According to Wu, part of the barn was broken and a male boar had blood around its mouth, which made him suspect that Yuan was killed by the boar. On closer examination, Yuan’s pants were found to be torn apart, and both of his thighs ravaged. An artery in his right thigh was severed and a piece of his left thigh was missing.

The boar thought to be responsible for the attack was no ordinary animal as it weighed more than 110 kilograms and had tusks as long as 6 centimeters. 

According to the police, the boar was brought to the market by another farmer prior to the incident. Two people who may have witnessed the attack allegedly chose to say they knew nothing about it.

Experts say that when a male boar has not mated for a long time, it can become agitated to a point where its hormones make it extremely aggressive, especially towards strangers.