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While living in Papua New Guinea I heard countless reports from villagers of people killed or seriously injured by wild pigs. The wounds usually occur from a goring by the prominent teeth which protrude from the mouth. In addition, villagers expend an enormous amount of energy building pig-proof fences round their food gardens.

However, wild pigs are not likely to pose a similar risk on Lamma. In PNG people actively hunt the pigs, and most of the injuries occur when pigs are cornered and about to be killed. In addition, most of the deaths appear to be due to wounds going septic in remote locations beyond the reach of medical services. I would imagine that wild pigs on Lamma encountering humans would be inclined to run away, rather than attack, as long as their exit is clear.


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G.O.D.S wrote:
We could have a community boar roast. Who's in???

I have to specify that the free dinner prize is available only for a photo of the boar ALIVE, not a dead or roasted one!

But as a big fan of Asterix & Obelix (my former lookalike) I've always wondered how their famous boar tasted at the festive end of every one of their graphic novel adventures....

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But as a big fan of Asterix & Obelix (my former lookalike) I've always wondered how their famous boar tasted at the festive end of every one of their graphic novel adventures....


In Bali I was at a pig roast, they made a fire pit and then put in the pig, covered it over with hot coals and left it to cook for a few hours.That was excellent.


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Lets not forget that wild boar does taste very different from farmed pork, much richer.

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Ah well..... I guess there goes one urban myth and here comes one free dinner.

Is not the same one I saw yesterday.......not as big & black....., but my guess is it still counts.

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Excellent picture.

And what a beauty that is!!

So why don't we just leave this little piece of nature alone.

We live with snakes, frogs, birds and the dreaded 'Lamma Centipede', as well as the odd feral cat, dog and the odd obnoxious human......and this little creature is not about to do any harm to anyone.

It doesn't have any 'tusks'. (like the ones you see in the movies that come charging out of the bushes.) Does the large black one have tusks?

As they don't seem to be dangerous, (after all that I have read on the subject...) it's nice to have some more 'wildlife' on this island.


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Hi Tigger....

.... was relatively easy to get..... managed to get about 30 shots from about 30',...., then as soon as it became aware of me it ran.

But perhaps not so docile according to the excerpt below ..... although, the likelihood/possibility is that it was harrassed by the dogs, ran for shelter into someones house.... found itself corned & reacted, etc etc...

in 2009....

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Hong Kong - A wild boar was shot dead in Hong Kong after going on a five-hour rampage during which it injured three people and kept trapping teams at bay, police said Friday.
The 120 kilogram boar, which was about 1.3 metres long, was fighting with two dogs in rural Yuen Long near Hong Kong's border with China when it burst into a village house Thursday afternoon.
It bit a father and son aged 76 and 54 as they tried to drive it out of the house and also injured a neighbour who tried to help, a police spokesman said.
The boar was eventually locked in a store room and police and countryside warders were called to try to lure it into a cage and trap it.
The efforts failed and after a five-hour stand-off during which the boar repeatedly charged the walls and door, a team of hunters were called in to shoot the boar, the spokesman said.
Wild boar populations are believed to have boomed in recent years in Hong Kong's countryside which covers more than 70 per cent of the territory's 1,078 square kilometres



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Wow, fantastic shots! A dinner well deserved for this first-ever photo of this most elusive former Lamma Myth!

But I need a little more info for a proper story! When, where, how big?

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I have been trying to find out more information about the Asian/HK Wild Boar and it's all a tad confusing (even for biologists apparently) as there are so many species and sub species, with different traits. Some are bad for the ecosystem/ environment and some have been found to be good. US boars are different from Asian, etc.. so I'm still pretty clueless.

The only time they have apparently 'attacked' (all kinds) is when they have been hunted and/or cornered, or protecting their piglets from being killed. There is a lot of conflicting information out there.

It's been the CNY holidays, but I'm hoping to find out more info from relevant local departments in the next few days.


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we're probably going to hunt it down this weekend. Does anyone know how to properly prepare a carcass, as I've heard it has to be done in a certain way.

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I can already see the SCMP story headline:
"Hapless Hunter Gored by Lamma Boar"

Apple Daily will probably be interested in splashing photos of your future, bloody injuries all over their cover page, making you (in)famous for a day. So don't forget your camera, or take a photographer along. Sorry, I won't be available that day.

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Lamma-Gung wrote:
I can already see the SCMP story headline:
"Hapless Hunter Gored by Lamma Boar"


The one Guy found doesn't have any tusks yet.

But its mother probably does.

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Also, the headline would be "Lamma Boor Gored".


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You mean "Boring Boor Gored by Boar"?

Another nice picture! Looks like the Mummy Boar charging into one of these abandoned houses up there close to where Anonymous Guy's pictures were taken, close to Hunter's Place, the old factory above the future Sewage Treatment plant.

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G.O.D.S wrote:
we're probably going to hunt it down this weekend. Does anyone know how to properly prepare a carcass, as I've heard it has to be done in a certain way.


Haha..... I'd love to volunteer to photograph your little adventure.


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Lamma-Gung wrote:
Wow, fantastic shots! A dinner well deserved for this first-ever photo of this most elusive former Lamma Myth!

But I need a little more info for a proper story! When, where, how big?

PM me this additional info, urgently needed for the Lamma-zine story which is almost ready to go.

Also, where to go for your free dinner?

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Hey.... just had a thought L-G.... how would you like to get your own, almost risk-free, Wild Lamma Boar photos & you could write the whole intrepid thing about your own photo hunt...... & have all the details firsthand.....

Just wear old/not bright clothing that cover your arms & legs, your camera & tripod, a hat, & $20 of small fish from the local fish seller...... Oh...., and a spare pair of underwear.
CAN SET IT UP FOR TOMORROW IF YOU LIKE..... let me know


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Leave my cozy home office in this freezing and rainy weather?
Crazy just thinking about it....{*SHIVER!!*} :shocked:

I'd love to come along when the weather gets a bit better. I ain't afraid of this cute little piggie!

(Any sightings of the Boar Mummy?)

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C'mon L-G, is not too bad, and besides G.O.D. & his hunting party may not allow you the extra time.

Will put yr newly svelte torso to more meaningful use than a treadmill.

No.... no sightings of the Boar Mummy..... have seen Little Boar several times today is the one we'll photograph ......... don't forget the fish!!


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I'm very interested in how big the mother pig is, and how formidable looking. Hope someone manages to take some pictures.

GODS may be gored, or may break a leg while tripping over the small piglet,... or may be locked up and/or pay a whopping huge fine, as it is illegal to kill wildlife. Wonder if there is access to internet connection in prison??


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Tigger wrote:
GODS may be gored, or may break a leg while tripping over the small piglet,..


Haha.... small piglet!!..... is about 2' at the shoulder & at least 3' nose to tail......, more likely G.O.D.S will get a rear-end shunt (probably by design)

L-G... still waiting.... you don't need to worry.... I will be 20' behind you at all times to get the best photo of all


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