Video of wild boar attacking people at escalator not taken in Bukit Panjang, animal has been put down

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If you come across a video of a wild boar attacking people at an escalator landing purportedly in Bukit Panjang, be aware that it actually happened in Hong Kong.

The incident took place near the Fo Tan MTR station on July 28, according to the city's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD).

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The video shows the animal biting the leg of a woman after she got off the escalator. A 15-year-old boy came down another escalator and was attacked by the boar.

AFCD said: "The department immediately sent staff to the scene to follow up and anaesthetised the wild pig with a tranquiliser gun and captured it.

"Considering that the wild pig had attacked members of the public and its continual presence in urban areas would pose a danger to the public, the AFCD officers dispatched it humanely to ensure the public safety."

Even though this particular case did not happen in Singapore, a wild boar did attack a woman at a Bukit Panjang Road bus stop on Labour Day.

Here's what you should do if you encounter a wild boar, according to the National Parks Board:

  • Be calm and move slowly away from the animal. Do not approach or attempt to feed the animal.
  • Keep a safe distance and do not corner or provoke the animal i.e. by using a flash while taking pictures of it.
  • If you see adults with young piglets, leave them alone. These are potentially more dangerous because they may attempt to defend their young.