A porcupine was spotted wandering around the Citibank Tower in Central at around 3am on Monday morning.
An eyewitness posted a video to Facebook showing the porcupine seeking shelter under a nearby structure.
Most netizens were concerned with the wellbeing of the spikey rodent and were unsure of the animal’s fate should the authorities be informed.
One netizen pointed out that, as porcupines are protected under the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance, they will first be given a checkup by a vet with Kadoorie Farm, and then released back into the wild.
Other commenters posted images of previous police-wildlife standoffs.
Porcupine sightings are not uncommon in Hong Kong. Last year, porcupines – usually nocturnal – were spotted in Pokfulam and in North Point. This August, a morning jogger also found a porcupine trapped in a catchwater in Tseun Wan. It was taken away by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department and released back into the wild.