Wild Boar Attacks Four In Berlin

A wild boar attacked and injured four people in a Berlin neighborhood earlier today.

According to the Denver Post, the 265-pound wild boar attacked a man and woman in their 70s, a 24-year-old woman, and a police officer.

The attack occurred in the Charlottenburg, a residential area on the outside of the capital. The 74-year-old man was bitten in the leg and the 74-year-old woman was knocked to the ground by the wild boar. A 24-year-old woman was also attacked by the boar but was able to escape further injury by climbing on top of a parked car.

A police officer arrived on the scene with the hopes of detaining the animal. The officer was also attacked, however, and was forced to kill the animal with multiple gunshots.

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According to ABC, wild boars are common in Berlin but they are rarely aggressive. They will occasionally tear up a garden but rarely attack people.

Marc Franusch, a spokesman for the Berlin forestry service told UPI that it appeared that the boar had fractured its leg during the attack. Franusch speculated that the boar was hit by a car previous to the attack and noted that injured animals can get aggressive as a defense mechanism.

All three people injured in the wild boar attack were taken to the hospital.