Woman dies in rare attack by wild boar still on loose

TAIPEI - A woman has died after a rare attack by a wild boar that broke into her apartment in New Taipei late last month, police have said.

The 52-year-old woman, surnamed Liu, died in the hospital three days after sustaining multiple wounds in the attack, which occurred on the balcony of her second-floor apartment on Guangxing Rd., Xindian at about 8 a.m. on Oct. 27, police said.

The victim was cleaning the balcony when she was heard calling out loud for help, the family and neighbours told police. "A pig is mauling me," she was heard crying.

Liu, weighing just 40 kg, was badly mauled in the back and legs, plus broken bones in the left leg and right arm, police said.

Police have been hunting for the animal following the attack, but have been unable to find it, causing residents in the area to worry about their own safety.

It is an urban area, but the victim's apartment building stands at the foot of a mountain, with the balcony almost touching its slope.

Her son was cited as saying that the family had been living there for more than 20 years, but had never seen any wild boars in the neighborhood.

But a ward chief said wild boards have been coming down the mountain to look for food. Some neighbours have reported that vegetables they planted were eaten by wild boars during the night, the chief said, adding it is rare that these animals appear in broad daylight.