A few weeks ago, some unusual neighbors experienced a family: a trio of wild boar.
The boar today is always on the road leading to the apartment complex of Walsh, in a favored spot next to a nearby trail and hang out in the local playground.
"These are very falsehood and gentle," Walsh says, but adds that he always keeps a careful eye on them when he has twins in his pull.
Those who meet like him are becoming a regular part of Hong Kong's city life.
The number of swine sight sightings and wound reports has been more than double in the past five years, according to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD).
The city's concrete jungle
Most development in Hong Kong Island is confined to a coastal strip.
Almost all growth in Hong Kong Island prevents a narrow strip of beneficial land all around it. For residents here, it is only a simple step from the concrete forest to the subtropical rainforest that grows on steep, rocky hills inside.
As a result, all snakes, monkeys and porcupines were found in homes. In the 20th century, tiger still continues in parts of Hong Kong, but since they died, the largest animal found here was the pig – a wild pig.
While no one knows how many boars in Hong Kong, a spokesperson for the AFCD said that a survey was planned
What is clear is the boars – which were once solitary and secretive – are beginning to lose their fears of people.
Rachel Duffell is a runner who often encounters boars on trails near her home in Quarry Bay, a district of Hong Kong Island.
When he started to run in Hong Kong, in 2012, he rarely encountered the boars. If he does, they will retreat but now, "even when I clap and shout, they often come to me and I'm the one who turns and runs in the right direction," he said. "My fear is clearer than they are."
Does the boar be dangerous?
There were only 10 recorded cases of wild boar that hurt people since 2014, according to the AFCD – but half of the events that took place last year.
The boars have sharp teeth and large men have cruel bones.
However, animals are "not aggressively aggressive," says Howard Wong, director of the University of Hong Kong's veterinary school. "But like most wild animals when you corner them, they will respond," he added. "And you certainly want to avoid a mother with piglets."
If a wild boar is a threat, it will be charged, says Wong, using its head "like a clash of sheep."
Why pigs are coming from town?
Waste garbage is a magnet. The boobs have fallen on them in search of food, leaving trash wrapped in pavements.
But the main reason for urban invasion, Wong said, is that "well-meaning individuals are feeding them."
He believes it shows a cultural shift. As the animal's welfare has become a more prominent issue in Hong Kong, people are referring themselves again as animal lovers.
Walsh said he saw local workers feeding three boars living near his apartment complex.
"The boar, along with other wild animals in Hong Kong, prevents."
Pork Boating Techniques
The government contemplates some wacky pork problem solutions.
A lawmaker suggested to release natural predators in the wild but, as the AFCD teaches, anything sufficient enough to kill a wild pig – like a lion or a tiger – threatens people .
Another official floats the idea of transferring pigs to uninhabited islands – but not practical because they are beautiful swimmers, according to the AFCD.
Ripping is also discussed. Both civilian hunting groups were first authorized to shoot wild pigs, but it was abandoned in 2017 due to concerns about animal welfare and public safety.
Instead, the AFCD launched a pilot program to get "swine-causing pigs" and move them to remote areas.
Boars are small pieces and some have received a collar with a GPS tracker. The mature women injected a contraceptive that was effective for about five years, and the possibility of surgical sterilization was also explored.
The government also strengthens its public education campaigns and has been tasked with researching waste boar-proof waste.
As the Chinese Year of the Pig begins this week, Hong Kong hopes that porcine residents will not be a bad problem in 12 months before.