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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 12:41 pm 
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Hey all,

Been a few more times mountain climbing/walking and as I approached the small mountain on the way just passed Hung shing yea beach, I came face to face with a wild boar/pig .... Is that a normal occurance ?

the exact location was just over the hill passed the fire station hut....

Can they charge at me ? I know I know your all gona laugh at me again, but I shat myself and ran back up the mountain from where I came.. Almost passed out from lack of fitness ..

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This is the second wild pig sighting I've heard about in that area, both first-hand accounts from reliable witnesses. The other one was up on the Cable Route below Mt. Panorama, the hill in front of the windturbine.

Last year, wild pigs dug up a potato field in Lo So Shing, near Sok Kwu Wan, and they had photos of the tracks to prove it.

These feral pigs are definitely more potentially dangerous that Black-eared Kites or any birdlife on Lamma. I'd guess they're not attacking anybody, but could become dangerous when feeling cornered or attacked themselves.

I'm hiking a lot in that area, like today, but I've never been so lucky to see them yet! As I always carry a camera, I would follow them to take a picture right away.

First photos of these obviously very shy and reclusive feral pigs will be put on the home page, of course! Anybody?<HR>
Feral cats, feral dogs, feral pet birds, feral pigs, what's next?

Feral humans, living in the Kamikaze caves, in abandoned houses of Yung Shue Ha or Lo Tik Wan, in tents on beaches, in the Sanatorium? Wait, we got some of these humans already...

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 28, 2009 2:06 pm 
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Yes, feral pigs can be dangerous.
They're not going to hunt you down, but if a mother pig saw you near her piglets, you would be in trouble.

See this Australian documentary for some idea of what they can do.


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Just found the email from the other eyewitness, a friend of mine:

"...alas no pictures, this thing was moving fast, charged across my path about 20 foot away from me. It was large, fat, dark brown, hairy and with a convex curve in its back.

"There was a real raw primal feel to it, so unexpected that I thought a portal had opened from the twilight zone, pretty awesome, actually!

"Well, it was on cable road just past the bridge that links snake path,... so go down the windmill lookout hill until cable road then turn left for about 150 yards..."


We've walked past there twice today, but no luck so far to spot this feral pig. But I've never even seen a snake on Snake Path, the shortcut up to Lamma Winds, one of my favourite little walks, full of amazing flora & fauna...

Was this close to where you saw it, Julien?

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Not sure if they are entirely harmless, regardless of absence of piglets.

In rural Japan, depopulation is so severe and advanced, wild life begins to move back into the human habitats. Wild boars rampage in mid size or small towns are very common. In one recent case, a wild boar broke down the glass door and charged into an elemantary school, injuring four before they managed to evacuate. In another recent case, a herd of them ran wild in downtown near the train station, finally ramming a police car from the side.

Not sure what triggered the boars to charge in Japan; but I would be very nervous if I'm unfortunate enough to run into one of them.


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Funnily enough today's Sports Post reports in an article about unusual sporting injuries the case of 'Indonesian footballer Mistar, who in 1995 was killed when wild pigs stampeded his team's training ground'.


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A pig ramming a police car?

If It was in japan it was a banzai charge!

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tjungarayi wrote:
A pig ramming a police car?

If It was in japan it was a banzai charge!


fortunately, the pigs survived ;)

I'm not sure what happened to the boars though!


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If these feral monster pigs are anything like hippos, then, eh, "little people" beware!

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Fake story.
http://www.snopes.com/horrors/freakish/hippoeatsdwarf.asp

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http://www.harcourtbooks.com/HippoEatsDwarf/interview.asp


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Spoilsport! Think of the children!

Some urban myths are better left undemystified. :wink:

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pit wrote:
Some urban myths are better left undemystified. :wink:


If you hadn't cited The Pattaya Mail, my suspicions would not have been aroused.


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Sorry for the long time between posts

I wish I had my camera with me, because i definatly had time to take a shot... first time i decided not to take my camera....

I spotted the pig near the fire station shed...

It was really quite big, dark brown, and UUUUGGGGLLLYYYYY :P

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Quite a while since any sightings.....


Came face to face with one today... well almost..... about 10'ft away (no camera)

Was a black, hairy, very fit looking pig-like thing, but a lot more proud in its stature... about 4' from head to tail, and maybe about 2.5' high...... quite intimidating.

It charged my dogs which were harrassing him, but when it saw me stopped in its tracks......, stared for about 20 seconds and then turned tail.

Interesting..... any other recent sightings?


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Where about ? Need to be cautious as I also walk my dog quite anywhere on Lamma. But I want to see the wild boar indeed.


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Hi. Harry..... don't worry....... is in dense undergrowth well away from any public access up on the hills near the Power Station........
have just seen a slightly smaller one..... seems there may be several about.

Also recently heard of a family over towards between the Windmill.

Googled them... seems they are really quite common in HK, and although non-aggressive were responsible for several dog deaths a few years back.


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Yes, apparently there are wild boar up in the hills. This is the reason given by the farmers when they put down poison quite a few weeks back,.. which ultimately killed a pet dog unfortunately. Although the use of poison is NOT the answer.

Since that point I've been told from my Western residents/friends, that I'm a bit of a fool for believing in this Lamma Myth. (Even though the local Animal orgs and the Ag and Fish confirmed that there are boars here)

It seems the animals organisations and Ag and Fish were right all along.

Not many sightings, and I'm not quite sure what to do if I encounter one........ but as it's a miserable wet rainy day,.... maybe this is a good time to try and find out over the internet!

Kung Hei Fat Choi to all :-)


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There have been a few sightings by different trustworthy people over the years, it's not a Lamma Myth anymore. But they're very shy and haven't hurt any person, as far as I know.

Let's put up a price for the very first photo of a Lamma Boar, to be published in the Lamma-zine! Worldwide fame for this really intrepid Lamma Wildlife Photographer via Lamma.com.hk, read in 98 countries, over 4 million hits/month.

Plus a free dinner in any Yung Shue Wan restaurant for the very first acceptable photo! I'm serious!

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Tigger wrote:
Since that point I've been told from my Western residents/friends, that I'm a bit of a fool for believing in this Lamma Myth. (Even though the local Animal orgs and the Ag and Fish confirmed that there are boars here)

I may not be the most reliable source on Lamma (despite my erstwhile efforts)..... however is definitely not a myth....... have seen it several times today.

Will try & get a photo...... although hangs out in dense undergrowth most of the time..... will need to set up for it tomorrow..... the lure of a dinner with L-G is too much to let slip .......


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Are there any laws protecting wild pigs? I was thinking about getting some of the boys together with some hunting bows.
We could have a community boar roast. Who's in???

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