HONG KONG WILD BOAR PROJECT: CONFLICT AND COEXISTENCE BETWEEN WILD BOAR AND HUMANS IN URBAN LANDSCAPES
We have been working on this project since 2019 and it is ongoing. We have now conducted three rounds of surveys as well as data collection on environmental impacts of boars and diet of boars.
In February 2018 in Hong Kong, a large male boar stood up on his back legs, rested his front ones on the rim of a dumpster and fed from a black rubbish bag as some piglets stood by. An ordinary scene, perhaps, but having been videoed and shared to a local news site, he acquired the nickname “Pigzilla”. Then that one boar become a viral internet sensation. The video dispersed across the world, with watches and shares blooming on social media and news sites from London to Boston, faster than the puns in the headlines and adjectives to describe his size could be exhausted. The initial shock was followed by concerned discussions about why a large male would be so close to younger animals, about potential food shortages or lack of space for boar. What had brought the pig to the city?