An 80kg wild boar, one meter in length, was spotted in Ujina at 5am yesterday morning and proceeded to do a tour of the city over the next 5 hours before being sedated and destroyed at around 10am in Senda-machi on the grounds of the former Hiroshima University site.
The male boar was first sighted running along streecar track near Ujina Elementary School at about 5am on the morning of March 9. It then made its way north, 5km north! After taking in Peace Memorial Park, it was spotted again, bang in the middle of Hiroshima city near the prefectural office as the the morning rush was getting going, at about 7:30am. The plucky beast avoided police officers and firefighters for another couple of hours, making it another 3km across town to Higashi Senda Park where Hiroshima University used to be located, and where the monthly Senda Wasshoi Flea Market is held. As can be seen in the video clips below, cornered behind a fence and surrounded by about 50 police, emergency services and animal control officials, the feisty boar was drugged and killed at about 10am.