The Wild Boar tried to escape but was hit by a bus and later died.
Photos: Shin Min Daily News

More checks after attack by wild boar outside condo
44-year-old pedestrian injured in Bukit Gombak after the animal charges at him
By Lee Min Kok, Adrian Lim & Rafaella Nathan Charles, 20th October 2017;

The authorities will step up surveillance in the Bukit Gombak area after a resident was injured in a Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus) attack outside a condominium at 25, Hillview Avenue yesterday.

The 44-year-old man, identified only as Mr Jin, suffered cuts and lacerations on both legs, and was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital for treatment, where he is expected to be warded for a few days.

The Straits Times understands that the man was walking towards Hillview MRT station when he spotted the animal approaching him. As he tried to run, he lost his balance and fell. The Wild Boar charged at him. When the animal tried to escape, it was hit by a passing bus and later died.

Chua Chu Kang GRC MP Low Yen Ling, who visited Mr Jin, told ST: “I am relieved to see that his condition is stable. His wife and two children… are (also) calm about the situation.”

Ms Low said she is working closely with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), the National Parks Board, the Land Transport Authority and ACRES, an animal protection and rescue organisation, to look into the safety of the residents, pedestrians and motorists.

“AVA has agreed to mobilise more resources to step up surveillance in the area,” she added. This could involve deploying more staff on the ground to monitor the Wild Boar situation.

Ms Low said a town hall session will also be held at the Hillview Community Club on Sunday to educate residents on how to handle encounters with these animals.

While Wild Boars have been spotted in forested areas nearby, this is the first time one of the animals has been seen at the location where the attack took place, Ms Low said.

ST understands that one possible reason could be the feeding of these animals, which encourages them to wander away from their natural habitats.

To raise public awareness, AVA and NParks will also put up more signs to tell residents that Wild Boars have been seen in the area.

While Wild Boar sightings are quite common around the island, attacks are relatively rare.

The last attack that was reported occurred on June 30, when a woman who was walking her dog near Windsor Nature Park was gored in the leg by a Wild Boar. She received 60 stitches for her 10cm-long wound.

Last month, there were also two road accidents involving Wild Boars over a space of two days – one along the Ayer Rajah Expressway near the Tuas Checkpoint, and another along Lentor Avenue, in the direction of Yishun. The accidents resulted in five people taken to hospital.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force said it was alerted to yesterday’s incident at around 8.40am.

Republic Polytechnic student Agnes Chan, 19, witnessed the aftermath of the attack.

“There were medics surrounding the injured man and police officers cordoned off the bus stop near the condominium,” she told ST.

“I had to alight from the bus just before the bus stop to walk to the MRT station.”

Hillview resident Anita Srinivasan, 38, was shocked to hear about the Wild Boar attack.

“It is a residential area, so I thought it was very strange that there was an attack,” she said.

She added: “I am worried for my kids, especially in the early morning when they go to school, and late at night when they come home.

"The lights at our walkway is always dim, so it is hard to see any animals.”

Members of the public who encounter a Wild Boar are advised to:

  • Be calm and move slowly away from the animal. Do not approach or attempt to feed the animal.
  • Keep a safe distance and do not corner or provoke the animal such as by using a flash while taking pictures of it.
  • If you see adults with young piglets, leave them alone. These are potentially more dangerous because they may attempt to defend their young.

Source: The Straits Times

A 44-year-old man, who suffered cuts and lacerations on both his legs, was taken to the hospital after he was attacked by a Wild Boar near a condominium at 25 Hillview Avenue.
Photos: Jackie Lee, Youmee Chung, Faizal Idroos

Man suffers cuts to legs after Wild Boar attack near Hillview condominium
By Faris Mokhtar, 19th October 2017;

A 44-year-old man was attacked by a Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus) near a condominium at Hillview Avenue, and landed in hospital with cuts and lacerations on both his legs.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to the incident on Thursday (Oct 19) at 8.43am and dispatched an ambulance. The man, who was conscious, was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

TODAY understands that he is a resident at Hillview Park condominium.

Residents TODAY spoke to expressed shock that the incident took place considering that Wild Boar sightings in the neighbourhood are very rare, with some saying that the Wild Boar could have wandered out of Dairy Farm Nature Park.

Security guard Faizal Idroos said he had just reached his workplace at Glendale Park condominium — beside Hillview Park condominium — at about 8am when he heard a commotion near the estate’s entrance. He saw a man – dressed casually in shirt and jeans – lying on the pavement and clutching his thighs.

He added that four passers-by already attending to the man, including a Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) medical doctor as he was making his way to the Ministry of Defence, located just a few minutes away from the condominium. Two police cars arrived at the scene shortly after.

“The man had deep laceration on his left upper thigh but he was calm and conscious. The doctor helped to bandage his thigh,” said Mr Faizal, who has been working at the condominium for less than a month.

Mr Faizal said other passers-by who also attended to the man told him that the Wild Boar later fled and was hit by a bus. He added that the animal had died, possibly of internal injuries, and its carcass was removed by the National Environment Agency.

Resident Jackie Li was making her way to Hillview MRT station when she saw the injured man. As she turned a corner, she witnessed police officers trying to cordon the area where the Wild Boar’s carcass was at.

“I heard that it came out suddenly from nowhere and attacked the man. This is the first time I saw a Wild Boar in my neighbourhood,” said the 32-year-old financial planner.

When contacted, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said Wild Boar sightings in that area are not common, and the animal likely came from nearby forested areas.

The AVA’s spokesman added: “AVA is currently working closely with relevant stakeholders including NParks, ACRES, Wildlife Reserves Singapore and NUS, to mitigate encounters with Wild Boars and ensure public safety. Some possible measures that we are exploring, and intend to implement as soon as possible, include putting up signages about wildlife crossings at specific locations to warn motorists, and erecting barriers to prevent wildlife from encroaching onto roads.”

Following the incident, South West District Mayor and Member of Parliament (Chua Chu Kang) Low Yen Ling wrote on her Facebook page that she has been in touch with the AVA, Land Transport Authority and ACRES: Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Singapore).

“(This is) to ensure that follow up procedures are in place with regards to the animal and also the safety of residents and pedestrians in that area,” she said.

She also advised the public against approaching or provoking the Wild Boars if they encounter them.

Just this year alone, there has been several instances of Wild Boars being sighted in populated areas.

On June 30, a 55-year-old woman was walking her dog in the Upper Thomson area when she was attacked. She needed about 60 stitches for a wound on her right calf.

Earlier that month, a video circulating online showed a herd of Wild Boars milling around a bus interchange in Tuas.

While residents in the Hillview area expressed surprise on hearing such an attack took place, most of them were unfazed by it, describing the incident as an isolated case since they have never encountered any wild boars in the neighbourhood.

Glendale Park is located opposite HillV2 shopping mall and about three minutes away from Hillview MRT station. Most of the buildings around the area are condominiums and the nearest forested area is Dairy Farm Nature Park.

Mr Shentley Tan, who lives in nearby Hillview Heights condominium, said that the attack is not much of a concern, unless more of such animals start to appear in the neighbourhood.

"It’s easy to over-react, and some would call for more of such animals to be culled and so on. But I think it’s just a one-off incident,” said the 52-year-old, who has been living in his condominium since 1998.

IT consultant Ranjith Kumar, 33, who also saw the Wild Boar’s carcass, added: “I am not really concerned about it. But I might be more careful when I bring kids out for a walk in the area.”

The AVA advises the public not to approach, disturb or try to catch Wild Boars. The spokesman said: “The public should keep a safe distance from the Wild Boars and avoid confronting or cornering them. Do not interact with the Wild Boars and keep young children and pets away from them.”

Source: TODAY

  1. The Wild Boar was hit by a passing bus and died from its injuries after the attack.
  2. The Wild Boar lying on its side at a bus stop outside the Hillview condominium
  3. The bus stop where the attack took place was cordoned off by police.

Photos: Lianhe Wanbao, ST Reader

Man injured in Wild Boar attack outside Hillview condominium
By Lee Min Kok & Raffaella Nathan Charles, 19th October 2017;

A 44-year-old man was injured when a Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus) attacked him outside a condominium at Hillview Avenue on Thursday (Oct 19) morning.

He suffered cuts and lacerations on both legs. The Straits Times understands that the man was walking towards Hillview MRT station when he spotted the animal approaching him.

As he tried to run, he lost his balance and fell. The Wild Boar subsequently charged at him.

The Wild Boar was then hit by a passing bus as it tried to escape, and suffered injuries. It later died.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force spokesman said it was alerted to the incident outside 25 Hillview Avenue at 8.43am.

The man was taken conscious to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

Photos posted on social media showed the Wild Boar lying on the ground. Republic Polytechnic student Agnes Chan, 19, who witnessed the aftermath of the attack, said she spotted the animal near the condominium bus stop.

“There were medics surrounding the injured man and police officers cordoned off the bus stop,” she told The Straits Times.

“I had to alight from the bus just before the bus stop to walk to the MRT station.”

Hillview resident Anita Srinivasan, 38, said she was shocked to hear about the Wild Boar attack.

“It’s a residential area, so I thought it was very strange that there was an attack. If it’s at MINDEF or nearer to a park, we would expect it more, but not in a residential area, where it’s supposed to be safe,“ the auditor added.

"I’m worried for my kids, especially in the early morning when they go to school, and late at night when they come home. The lights at our walkway is always dim, so it’s hard to see animals.”

While retiree Mr Khoo, 70, agreed that the attack came as a surprise to many, he is not worried about further attacks.

“I drive up to the nature reserve a lot so I always see the Wild Boars in groups. I don’t disturb them, so they don’t disturb me either,” said Mr Khoo, who lives in Glendale Park condominium.

“Probably they’re also forced under circumstances to look for food outside, like when their habitat gets removed. Most wild animals are like that.”

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said in a Facebook post on Thursday evening that it was aware of this morning’s Wild Boar incident at Hillview Avenue.

“We are monitoring the situation and working with relevant agencies to put up signages,” it said. “We are also working with the community to create awareness and educate residents on what to do when they encounter Wild Boars.”

Chua Chu Kang GRC (Bukit Gombak) MP Low Yen Ling wrote on Facebook about the incident, saying she has been in touch with AVA, LTA and ACRES to ensure that follow-up procedures are in place with regard to the animal and also the safety of residents and pedestrians in that area.

While Wild Boar sightings are quite common in Singapore, attacks are relatively rare.

The last reported attack occurred on June 30, when a woman who was walking her dog near Windsor Nature Park was gored in the leg by a Wild Boar.

She received 60 stitches for her 10cm-long wound.

Last month, there were two road accidents involving Wild Boars in two days, which resulted in five people being taken to hospital.

Should members of the public encounter a Wild Boar, they are advised to:

  • Be calm and move slowly away from the animal. Do not approach or attempt to feed the animal.
  • Keep a safe distance and do not corner or provoke the animal such as by using a flash while taking pictures of it.
  • If you see adults with young piglets, leave them alone. These are potentially more dangerous because they may attempt to defend their young.

Source: The Straits Times

The Wild Boar had attacked a man at Hillview Road.
Photos: Olga, Brianna Degaston Twitter

Man injured after Boar attack at Hillview Road; AVA monitoring situation
19th October 2017;

A man in his forties was injured and taken to hospital after being attacked by a Wild Boar (Sus scrofa vittatus) near a bus stop at Hillview Road on Thursday morning (Oct 19).

Sales specialist Olga, 30, told Channel NewsAsia that she was walking to the MRT station with her husband at around 8.30am when she saw the attack.

“I saw an animal – I thought it was just a big dog with owner – but in two to three seconds, (the) animal start(ed) to attack the man and he fell down and scream(ed), he was really in pain,” she said.

She rushed over to help with her husband, and was joined by another man, who took a bamboo cane from his car and started to hit the Boar. “It worked, and (the) Boar made his escape down to the road,” Ms Olga said.

The Boar was then hit by a bus, she added. Channel NewsAsia understands the Boar has died.

Another man then stopped his car and brought a first aid kit, which he and Olga’s husband used to start bandaging the man’s wounds.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said it was alerted to an incident outside 25, Hillview Avenue at 8.43am and dispatched an ambulance. The man had “cuts and lacerations” on both his legs, said SCDF, adding that the victim was taken conscious to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

IT consultant Dan Ranjith, 33, was on his way to work at 8.50am when he noticed the commotion on the other side of the road. “I was walking on the streets and noticed that the Boar was lying down and surrounded by police,” he told Channel NewsAsia.

“When I saw the Boar (it) was still alive and moving,” he added.

Photos circulating online showed the Boar lying on its side on the pavement next to a bus stop. At least two police cars were at the scene and the area was cordoned off with police tape.

The Boar appeared to still be on the pavement nearly two hours after the attack, with lawyer Maurice Oon, 54, telling Channel NewsAsia that he was in a taxi when he saw the “big, dead Wild Boar lying on the pavement” at around 10.15am.

Member of Parliament for Chua Chu Kang GRC (Bukit Gombak) and Mayor of South West District Low Yen Ling said in a Facebook post that the injured man was receiving “the medical care that he needs” in hospital.

She added that she has been in touch with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), Land Transport Authority and the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society to ensure that “follow-up procedures are in place” regarding the Boar and the safety of members of the public.

“Should you encounter any Wild Boars, please be advised to not approach or provoke the animal,” she added.

WILD BOAR SIGHTINGS IN THE AREA NOT COMMON: AVA

The AVA said in a statement that Wild Boar sightings in the area are not common and the animal likely emerged from nearby forested areas.

The authority will be putting up signs and will educate residents on what to do when they encounter Wild Boars.

“AVA is monitoring the situation and is working with relevant agencies to put up signage,” it said. “AVA is also working with the community to create awareness and educate residents on what to do when they encounter Wild Boars.”

It is also working with various agencies, such as the National Parks Board and Wildlife Reserves Singapore, to implement measures to “mitigate encounters with Wild Boars and ensure public safety”.

Some possible measures AVA is exploring include putting up signs about wildlife crossings at specific locations to warn motorists, and erecting barriers to prevent wildlife from encroaching onto roads.

This comes after a series of incidents involving Wild Boars in Singapore.

Two people were injured in September after a Wild Boar at the Ayer Rajah Expressway caused an accident. One day later, three others were injured in a car accident involving a Wild Boar at Lentor Avenue.

A woman was also attacked by a Wild Boar in July this year, and needed 60 stitches for a wound in her right leg after the incident at a park in the Upper Thomson area.

A large group of Boars was also spotted near Tuas bus terminal earlier this year.

The AVA said it would like to remind members of the public not to approach, disturb or try to catch Wild Boars.

“The public should keep a safe distance from the Wild Boars and avoid confronting or cornering them. Do not interact with the Wild Boars and keep young children and pets away from them,” the authority said.

Source: Channel NewsAsia