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FEATURE: Hong Kongers debate fate of emboldened wild boars

AFP, HONG KONG

In the Aberdeen park a banner warns visitors not to feed wild animals.

However, some ignore it. During AFP’s visit a man scattered pieces of white bread on the grass, soon drawing a thankful boar from the bush.

“I believe people feed wild animals out of kindness, but it encourages them to hang out in human communities more often,” Chan said.

Veronique Che, from the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group, said the animals should not be blamed for being more visible given the urban sprawl increasingly encroaches on their natural habitat.

“Many problems related to wild boars are actually created by humans,” she said.

Just down the road from Aberdeen Country Park is a public housing estate with residents waiting for buses on a narrow winding roadside.

The local boars have burrowed under a metal fence separating the forest from the housing estate to look in the trash cans for food.

As a group of boars appeared, locals took photos on their phones while children greeted their hairy neighbors with excited “oink” noises.

“There should be harmony between human and wild boars,” Che said. “Humans shouldn’t treat wild boars as threats, nor as pets.”

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