Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Wild boar attack leaves man seriously injured

Wild boar attack leaves man seriously injured

Prak An, 71, receives treatment after being gored by a wild boar at his cassava farm within the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary. Fresh News
Prak An, 71, receives treatment after being gored by a wild boar at his cassava farm within the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary. Fresh News

Wild boar attack leaves man seriously injured

A 71-year-old man was seriously injured in a wild boar attack yesterday while tending to his farm within the Phnom Samkos Wildlife Sanctuary in Pursat province, prompting fellow villagers to hunt down and kill the animal.

Prak An was clearing weeds from his cassava field when he spotted an estimated 100-kilogram wild boar eating his crops, according to Veal Veng District Police Chief Theang Leng. The boar then chased An down, goring him multiple times before fleeing back into the forest.

“When he was chased by the boar, he screamed for help, but no one managed to help him because there were not many people at the farm,” Leng said.

An was sent to the district referral hospital to treat wounds on his waist, left arm and left leg.

Leng said the boar was killed by villagers, and he was unsure if they would eat the beast.

Commune Chief Tep Kan said that the injuries were very serious, but that An’s condition was stable.

“I visited him and I told him that he needed to go to the district referral hospital because the injury was serious, so he should not delay. His family brought him to the hospital, now he is getting better,” he said.

Neither An nor his family could be reached.

Environmentalists have warned that as Cambodia’s growing population continues to encroach on wildlife sanctuaries, human-animal conflicts will become increasingly common.

MOST VIEWED

  • Government denies claims former Thai PM Yingluck issued Cambodian passport

    Government officials on Thursday denied claims that a Cambodian passport was issued to former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who reportedly used it to register a company in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong-based English language South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Wednesday reported Hong Kong

  • Diplomatic passports issued to foreigners to be annulled

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will move to annul diplomatic passports issued to those not born in Cambodia. Analysts say the move may be in relation to reports that former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra used a Cambodian passport to register as

  • Hun Sen warns Irish MP of EBA ‘mistake’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million

  • The hairy little heroes saving many lives in rural Cambodia

    IN RURAL Siem Reap province, rats dare to tread where no person will, as these hairy little heroes place their lives on the line each day for the good of the local community. The rodents are the most important members of a special team, leading