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Berlin police shoot wild boar after biting rampage in park

Sabine Devins · 18 Jan 2010, 14:32

Published: 18 Jan 2010 14:32 GMT+01:00

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The pugnacious pig bit three people who were walking through a Grunewald area park in Berlin's western Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district. Police were first alerted to the boar at 10 am when a man called emergency services to say he’d sustained a bite to his leg in the wooded park.

An hour later Berlin's 110 service got a call from a 56-year-old woman who said her hand had been bitten by a boar and she had warded the savage swine off with her Nordic walking poles.

At this point police dispatched a city hunter to track down the ornery creature, but he was unable to find the boar before another victim, this time a 32-year-old woman, called emergency services to say a boar had bitten her hip around 3 pm.

Just five minutes later the hunter finally put an end to the the boar’s furor.

"All three of them were able to seek their own medical attention and no one was seriously injured in the attacks," police spokesman Burkhardt Opitz told The Local.

Opitz said that police "definitely got the right pig" and that people should not worry about similar attacks in Grunewald.

"It's a forested area and there is the occasional wild boar that lives there, but its very rare that we get a call about any sort of attack - even more so in the winter," he said.

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Upon examination, authorities found that the pig had an old bullet wound in his rump, probably caused by another hunter.

Sabine Devins (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

18:44 January 18, 2010 by cleavage
Poor pig... Must have been hungry from being wounded. Starving, it tried to survive. On the other hand, pretty cool job to be the Berlin hunter... saving the day.
20:50 January 18, 2010 by erdinger
That poor pig just might of been someone's mother-in-law.
00:01 January 19, 2010 by ron1amr
The pig gets killed for injuring 3 people. But maybe it was agitated from the injury of being shot. Couldn't they shoot the pig with a tranquilliser and then have the pig confined to life imprisonment in some sanctuary?
01:36 January 19, 2010 by snorge
So who got to eat bacon the next morning is what I want to know.....
01:42 January 19, 2010 by westfork
@ ron1amr Couldn't they shoot the pig with a tranquilliser and then have the pig confined to life imprisonment in some sanctuary?

Indeed, at least with life imprisonment, the pig may have realized the error of it's ways, and become an example for other pigs that are on the path of becoming biters...

But then, no bacon, sadly...
03:16 January 19, 2010 by lecturenotes2009
geile sau...
15:49 January 19, 2010 by Bruno53
Porky Pig in a rampage?
20:50 January 19, 2010 by petrag
Schade um das Viecherl!! Hatte fast 10 Jahre lang ein Haengebauchschwein. Ein wunderbares Tier. Ich esse ueberhaupt kein Fleisch mehr wegen ihr.

Gibts denn keine Pille fuer die Schweine? Sie sind dem Menschen sehr aehnlich und das koennte doch die Ueberbevoelkerung vermeiden.

Kurz und gut, Schweine sind meine Lieblingstiere......
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