Two wild boars and their three piglets were found trapped in a metal cage in Singapore on Sunday.

On the afternoon of October 7, the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (Acres) received a call about the trapped animals to their wildlife rescue hotline. A team from Acres were dispatched to Sime Road, where they found the cage outside the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, The Straits Times reported. Officers from the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority also arrived promptly.

Anbarasi Boopal, deputy chief executive of Acres, said the trap was equipped with food that served as bait to draw the animals into the cage, and was relatively big at about 1.2 x 1.8 meters. The cage was believed to be set up for capturing wild boars.

Boopal believes that the boars were likely to have been trapped on Sunday. This was the first time anyone from Acres had witnessed a trap at that location.

She said the boars were very distressed, with the two adults repeatedly trying to fight their way out of the cage. The fact that the cage was located near a busy road could have distressed the pigs even further.

It took the team about 15 minutes to release the boars safely. Boopal said none of them was injured. The cage was removed.