KOBE – A wild boar bit off an elderly woman’s finger Tuesday in the Hyogo Prefecture city of Ashiya, police said.
Members of a local hunting club subdued the animal, which later died, near an elementary school in a residential area, by stabbing it with knives and striking it with police batons and other weapons.
The animal was taken down about an hour after the 86-year-old woman, who lives in the neighboring city of Kobe, called for an ambulance saying she had lost the ring finger of her left hand at around 10:15 a.m., according to the police.
The wild boar also bit a pouch being carried by a 60-year-old woman on a street about 600 meters away from the site of the first attack, resulting in her sustaining a slight injury to the middle finger of her left hand, the police said.
The wild boar was a female that measured about 1.1 meters in length.
Wild boars are frequently seen in parts of Ashiya and Kobe as the Rokko mountain range is located north of residential areas. The animals often enter the residential areas in search for food.