Reactions to large wild boar roadkill prove Singaporeans care about wildlife

Slow down if you're driving on roads near or within nature areas.

By Zhangxin Zheng | April 27, 2017

The Straits Times had reported on Monday that a roadkill happened near Lentor Avenue on April 23 evening.

Based on a Lianhe Wanbao report, a large wild boar weighing possibly up to 100kg, was killed after dashing out into the middle of the road, and had been run over by a car that could not stop in time.

From the photo, the carcass appeared to be largely complete, except for a broken leg.

Screenshot of The Straits Times article

Wild boars are not uncommon in Singapore but one with such size or weight is quite rare. After the incident was reported, many netizens felt sorry for the wild boar:

The headline of the report was interpreted by some as focusing too much on the unhurt driver and trivialising the wild boar’s death:

But the majority of the netizens recognised the need to coexist with wildlife:

Some gave constructive feedback like putting up more signages to educate and remind drivers:

Deputy chief executive officer of Animal Concerns Research & Education Society (Acres), Kalai Vanan told The Straits Times that wild boars can be sighted in the area as they inhabit nearby nature areas like Lentor and Seletar. He urged drivers to look out for wild animals when they are on roads near or within nature areas.

According to the joint advisory issued by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA), the National Parks Board (NParks) and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), you should keep a safe distance from wild boars when you encounter them because:

“Although they appear shy, they are still wild animals and are unpredictable in behaviour which could pose a risk to public safety.

Like many other wild animals, wild boars will only attack if they are cornered or if they feel
threatened. Female wild boars are very protective of their young and can easily be provoked. Wild boars are strong animals that can run relatively fast. The canines in adult males can inflict serious injuries in case of an attack. Due to their solid body build wild boars are considered to be particularly dangerous when involved in car accidents.”

*All screenshots of comments from The Straits Times Facebook

Top photo from Flickr user eddy lee

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About Zhangxin Zheng

Zhangxin’s favourite pastime is singing Mulan’s soundtrack in the mangrove forests. She hopes to perfect the art of napping in a hammock in the mangroves without being drowned by rising sea levels.

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