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Wild boar attacks three in residential area

February 10, 2002

KITAKYUSHU -- A wild boar attacked and seriously wounded an elderly woman in a residential area before a man drove the animal away by running into it with his car, police said.

The elderly woman, 73, whose name is being withheld, came across the boar, more than 1 meter in length, on a street near her home in Kitakyushu's Moji-ku at about 5 p.m., Saturday.

The animal attacked her left leg, causing injuries that required a major operation. The woman fell to the ground and the boar was about to strike again when a passerby drove his car into the animal, pushing it away.

Shortly before or after attacking the elderly woman, the boar slightly injured a 27-year-old woman and her 4-year-old daughter.

About 30 minutes later junior high school students spotted the boar heading back to the mountains, Moji Police Station officials said.

They said local residents often see wild boars in the mountains but rarely spot them in town. (Mainichi Shimbun, Feb. 10, 2002)

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