A wild boar which wandered into the Hong Kong International Airport’s apron was euthanised on Wednesday morning due to serious injuries.

According to the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group, the boar was sent to New Territories North Animal Management Centre for inspection on Tuesday afternoon.

The Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) told the group that the boar could not stand as its hooves had fallen off and were damaged. This type of wound is easily infected and putrefied, it added.  The veterinarian decided to euthanise the wild pig as it would be difficult for the wounds to heal even after a prolonged period of treatment.

In a Facebook post, the concern group demanded the Airport Authority, Aviation Security Company and AFCD to submit reports and re-examine airport animal policies. The group also called for the Airport Security Unit to undergo training on approaching wild animals without causing harm.

File Photo: Wild Boar Concern Group.

“There have always been wild boars residing on the nearby Lantau Island. To prevent them from straying into the airport again, it is important to inspect whether there are loopholes in the existing airport security policies,” Jeremy Tam Man-ho, a pilot and a lawmaker of the Civic Party, said on Facebook.

Meanwhile, another boar appeared in the airport’s apron at around 6pm on the same day. Half an hour later, it jumped into the water and left the airport area, local newspaper Oriental Daily reported.

Koel Chu

Koel Chu is a second-year journalism and fine arts student at the University of Hong Kong. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Koel is interested in the arts and urban design. She interned at China Radio International in Beijing and, at her university, she also works as Vice-President of Branding and Marketing in AIESEC, the largest youth-run organisation in the world.