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Wild boar that stole German nudist’s laptop ‘may be culled’

A wild boar that went viral after stealing a nudist's laptop by a lake in German capital Berlin last week could be caught up in a local cull, an official said Friday.

Wild boar that stole German nudist's laptop 'may be culled'
A wild boar and its babies in Springe, Lower Saxony. Photo: DPA

Photos of the female boar and her two young were shared thousands of times on social media after a naked sunbather was snapped unashamedly chasing after them to retrieve his laptop bag.

But a spokesman for the Berlin state forestry office told news agency DPA the boar and her babies could be culled when the hunting season begins in October.

READ ALSO: 'Only in Germany': Wild boar steals laptop from naked Berlin sunbather

They would not be shot immediately because it is the wrong time of the year and also because the piglets are still too small, the spokesman said — but the agency will be keeping an eye on them.

The area around the lake is popular with hunters and it is possible they could be targeted later in the year, he added.

Wild boars are regularly culled by licensed hunters in Berlin and the rest of Germany to keep numbers down and to fend off diseases such as African swine fever.

Every year, 1,000 to 2,000 wild boars are shot in Berlin.

They often venture into residential areas looking for food, as appeared to be the case during the incident last week, and have been known to attack humans.

“Many of us were scared but the wild boars seemed to be peaceful,” Adele Landauer, the Berlin-based life coach who took the pictures, wrote as she shared them on Instagram last week.

“After they ate a pizza from a backpack of a man who was taking a swim in the lake they were looking for a dessert. They found this yellow bag and decided to take it away.”

READ ALSO: WATCH: Wild boar surprises sunbathers by emerging from Baltic Sea

Member comments

  1. This totally reminds me of how in some regions in India, monkeys are revered and a have a protected status because of the Hindu god Hanuman, so they end up having a field day around open markets, treating them like an open buffet and the vendors not being able to do much of anything about it (shooing them away doesn’t really help/count).

    Heh, I wouldn’t be surprised if the next animal-theft related article involves a bunch of ants carrying away a picnic basket; they’re very well known for punching above their own “weight” class.

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Young activists take German states to court over climate inaction

Campaigners began a legal challenge against five German regions on Monday to force them to take stronger action on climate change, emboldened by a landmark recent court ruling in favour of environmental protection.

Young activists take German states to court over climate inaction
Demonstrators from the Fridays for Future movement protest in Gießen, Hesse, with a sign saying "No wishy-washy, no climate lashing". Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Frank Rumpenhorst

The plaintiffs are basing their case on a sensational verdict by Germany’s constitutional court in April which found that Germany’s plans to curb CO2 emissions were insufficient to meet the targets of the Paris climate agreement and placed an unfair burden on future generations.

In a major win for activists, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s federal government then brought forward its date for carbon neutrality by five years to 2045, and raised its 2030 target for greenhouse gas reductions.

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On Monday, 16 children and young adults began proceedings against the regions of Hesse, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saarland, with support of environmental NGO Environmental Action Germany (DUH).

They are charging that none of the states targeted by the legal action have passed sufficiently strong climate legislation at the local level, according to DUH.

“The federal government can’t succeed on its own,” lead lawyer Remo Klinger said in a press conference, highlighting state competence in the area of transport.

DUH worked closely together with the youth climate movement Fridays For Future to find activists willing to front the challenges, the group said.

Seventeen-year-old plaintiff Alena Hochstadt said the western state of Hesse, known for its Frankfurt banking hub, had always been her home but she feared having “no future here”.

Concern about the risk of “floods, storms and droughts” led her and other campaigners to seek “a legal basis for binding climate protection”.

READ ALSO: Climate change made German floods ‘more likely and more intense’

Hesse’s ministers for climate and the economy said they were “surprised” by the announcement.

“DUH clearly has not yet understood that we in Hesse are well ahead,” Priska Hinz and Tarek Al-Wazir said in a joint statement, drawing attention to an energy future law from 2012, before the Paris climate agreement.

In July, DUH-supported activists took the states of Bavaria, North Rhine-Westphalia and Brandenburg to court on similar grounds.

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