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A 55-year-old woman from Taiwan was gored in the leg by a wild boar last Friday (Jun 30) evening, while walking her dog at Windsor Nature Park, near MacRitchie Reservoir.
The victim, Ms Ding, suffered a 10-cm-long gash on her leg and several abrasions, requiring at least 60 stitches for her injuries, reports Shin Min Daily News via Lianhe Zaobao.
Ms Ding said that the boar was more than a metre in length, with two long tusks protruding from its mouth, and looked to weigh at least a few hundred kilogrammes.
“I was shocked and couldn’t react in time.
“The wile boar just charged at me from the surrounding bushes and I felt a sharp pain in my right leg after it rammed into me.
“I fell onto the ground after.”
According to Ms Ding, after the wild boar injured her, it ran back into the surrounding forest and she lost track of it.
Two domestic helpers who were in the vicinity came to offer assistance.
She was conveyed to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for treatment.
There, medical staff conducted an examination on her before sewing up her wounds.
Ms Ding added:
“I tried asking how many stitches I required, but the doctors told me that the wound was too deep and they could not give me an accurate assessment.”
By her own estimate, Ms Ding said she counted nearly 60 stitches.
She was discharged last Saturday (Jul 1) at around 12am.
In relation to the incident, Mr Kalai Vanan, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (Acres), said that wild boars were usually timid creatures and would leave if there was human presence.
“The boar in this case may have been surprised or felt provoked, causing it to charge.
“It could have been provoked by the presence of the woman’s dog as well.”
Ms Ding, however, said after the incident, that her dog did not bark at all during the time of the incident.