A video clip has emerged on social media of a “Godzilla-sized” wild boar raiding a rubbish bin in Hong Kong. The 5-second video, uploaded to a Facebook page a week ago, shows the giant boar standing on the tips of its trotters and trying to find some food in the big waste bin.
The giant boar is taller than the waste bin. Three smaller boars are seen close to the giant wild pig as it sniffs for food.
The uploader told Asia Times that he saw the animal on Gough Hill Path, The Peak on Hong Kong Island, earlier this month.
The video has gone viral with 720,000 views and shared over 7,700 times as of Thursday morning.
Netizens were shocked at the size of the boar. One said he had spotted wild pigs hanging around in front of a school in Lung Hang Estate in Sha Tin, the New Territories.
Other netizens said the wild pigs head downhill to look for food for their children as there is not enough adequate food in the forests.
According to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, the wild pig is the largest native terrestrial mammal in Hong Kong. Adults can weigh up to 200 kilograms and reach a body length of up to two meters.
Wild pigs are common and widespread, especially in rural areas in the New Territories.
In general, wild pigs are secretive and wary of human contact. But they may become aggressive and attack humans if provoked or threatened, particularly dominant males or sows with piglets.