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Wild boar hogs limelight in Hong Kong shopping mall

A wild boar which strayed into Hong Kong’s urban jungle caused havoc when it wandered into a shop

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A wild boar which strayed into Hong Kong’s urban jungle caused havoc when it wandered into a shop and forced staff and customers to leave, authorities said on Monday.

The 25 kilogram (55 pound) female, around three feet (0.91 metre) long, ventured into a children's wear shop at a mall in the crowded Chai Wan district late Sunday.

“The wild pig entered a shop and people called police. When officers arrived, staff and customers were evacuated. It then went up to seek a hideout in the loft,” a police spokesman told AFP.

During a stand-off with about 10 officers that lasted several hours, the animal also briefly entered a changing room and knocked down and bit a mannequin, the South China Morning Post reported.

In this photo taken Sunday, May 10, 2015 photo, a wild boar is seen on top of a display rack at a children’s clothing store in a mall in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong shopping mall received an unusual visit over the weekend, after the wild boar wandered inside and got trapped inside a children’s clothing store. The boar was eventually tranquilized by a vet and taken to an animal rehab center, local newspaper reported. (AP Photo/Apple Daily)
In this photo taken Sunday, May 10, 2015 photo, a wild boar is seen on top of a display rack at a children’s clothing store in a mall in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong shopping mall received an unusual visit over the weekend, after the wild boar wandered inside and got trapped inside a children’s clothing store. The boar was eventually tranquilized by a vet and taken to an animal rehab center, local newspaper reported. (AP Photo/Apple Daily)



Eventually it was tranquilized and taken to an animal center for observation. It was likely to be released back to the wild later.

The Post said the incident was the second such incursion of the day, after a boar was seen taking a swim at a pool in a public park in Tsuen Wan. It was tranquilized and returned to the wild.

Despite its densely packed high-rise districts, country parks and nature reserves make up 40 percent of Hong Kong’s land area.

It is not especially unusual for wildlife - notably pythons and other snakes - to find their way into urban areas.

Authorities advise the public to avoid contact with boars, which have been known to charge humans.