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Five-legged pig kills gardener

A PREY Veng province man who tried to chase a five-legged pig from his vegetable garden was killed on Thursday when the animal retaliated with lethal force, police said Monday.

Ton Tin, the police chief in Sithor Kandal district’s Phnau I commune, said the 13-year-old, 200-kilogram beast, which he said was notable for its “small fifth leg”, attacked 63-year-old Sean Sok, knocking him down with a blow to a kidney and then feasting on his stomach until he was dead.

“It is a very unusual case that I have never seen before,” he said.

“This is the year of the tiger, so why did the old man die from a pig bite?”

Monks and lay people from a local pagoda offered to kill the animal in retaliation, but the victim’s son, Sean Vireak, took matters into his own hands by inflicting a fatal electric shock on the swine.

“I killed it to avenge my father after the body of my father was cremated and his funeral concluded on Saturday,” Sean Vireak said, adding that the animal was an evil and notorious beast.

District police chief Yim Sok Math said he was not convinced by statements that the pig was inherently evil. “The villagers considered that the boar is an evil animal that threatens their village, but I think that it is a normal pig,” he said.

He added that he had ordered local villagers to bury the animal’s carcass near the same pagoda at which Sean Sok was cremated.

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