It was a sight to behold, as a herd of wild boars were spotted ‘hogging’ the road near the Tuas bus interchange on Wednesday (Jun 14) evening.

In a video that went viral on social media, about 20 boars were seen loitering along the road near the National Transport Workers’ Union canteen, as people in the canteen looked at them.

Some of the boars cautiously approached the canteen, with a few even following after a man as he pushed a trolley towards a parked van to unload goods.

The boars did not appear aggressive, and backed away when the man approached them with his trolley.

Wild boars out in full force at Tuas Bus Interchange

Posted by Our Singapore on Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Netizens who shared the video on Facebook said the video was taken around 8.50pm.

The boars are understood to show up around the area as often as two to three times a week, reported The Straits Times.

The video has drawn a mix of reactions from netizens.

Some said the video was proof that wild boars are not as hostile and aggressive as many Singaporeans believe them to be, and added that they hoped the authorities would not cull them.

Others noted that the boars were forced into human territory, due to their natural habitats being cleared by urbanisation.

Read one comment: “I see at least one mama boar with her babies in this video…for her to lead her young out so publicly they must be hungry.”

According to the Agri-food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), wild boars only attack when they are cornered or threatened. However, it advises members of the public to keep a safe distance from wild boars as they can be unpredictable and dangerous.

Not all wild over sightings of wild boar in Punggol

AVA said it received 140 pieces of feedback about wild boars last year, up from 80 in 2015 and 30 in 2014, reported ChannelNewsAsia.

Wild boars have been frequently spotted around Singapore. Last year, they made headlines after a boy in Punggol was chased and injured by one. Two motorcyclists were also involved in collisions with wild boars along the Bukit Timah Expressway and the Seletar Expressway.

pariel@sph.com.sg

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