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Wild boar seized after attacking Punggol resident, NParks officer

SINGAPORE — A wild boar that has been spotted roaming around the Punggol area has been caught, but not before injuring a resident and a National Parks Board (NParks) officer who was trying to help her. Both of them have since been taken to the hospital. Ms Sun Xueling, Member of Parliament for Punggol West Single Member Constituency, put up a Facebook post on Friday (Feb 26) regarding the incident after receiving “many pictures” and messages from the public, she said. “The wild boar has since been caught, please be rest assured as I know many of you have been very worried,” she added. This is not the first wild boar attack in the Punggol area. Just last weekend, residents living around Punggol Walk and Punggol Waterway reported two separate incidents of wild boar attacks. In the latest incident, Ms Sun said that the mammal was spotted by residents and motorists in the Punggol Seas and Ecopolitan area. A cordon was then set up along the waterway, she said. The police, as well as NParks officers and contractors, were activated to search for the boar. Wildlife experts told TODAY in recent interviews that the disruption of the boars’ habitats could be a reason why they have been driven out to the estates. They also said that the wild boars could have attacked because they were frightened, disoriented or wanted food. Ms Sun said that NParks will issue a statement on the incident soon.


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