Ap Lei Chau on Hong Kong Island, and inset, a wild boar. Photo: Google Maps, AFCD

A 70-year-old Hong Kong man was bitten by a wild boar in Aberdeen on Hong Kong Island on Monday night. At 7 pm, when the man was walking around Lei Tung Estate in Ap Lei Chau, he came across a one-meter-long wild boar which he says attacked him, the Oriental Daily reported.

The man picked up a stone and threw it at the pig, trying to drive it away. After being provoked, the wild boar rushed at the man and bit his right leg before running back down a hill. A security guard patrolling the area reported the case to police. The man was sent to the Queen Mary Hospital for treatment.

Officers arrived at the scene with shields and discovered three wild pigs in the area. The three pigs later left the scene and returned to the woods. The man said it was not the first time he had seen a wild boar. He denied he ever fed them or attacked them in the past.

According to the Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department’s website, wild pigs are secretive and wary of human contact. However, if provoked or threatened they can become aggressive and attack humans, particularly dominant males or sows with piglets.

People should keep calm, stay away and leave the wild pigs undisturbed as it is dangerous to provoke them.

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