While NParks officers managed to come to the animal’s aid, its subsequent fate was uncertain.
Unfortunately, NParks has confirmed that the wild boar was euthanised.
This was because the animal had sustained multiple injuries.
In a statement sent to MS News on Monday (26 Sep), NParks said they responded to the incident last Wednesday (21 Sep) at around 6pm.
They found the wild boar stuck in a road divider along Punggol Road, next to Block 231 Compassvale Walk.
A TikTok video taken by a witness at the scene showed NParks officers helping the boar break free from the road divider.
They did this by sedating the boar with a tranquiliser dart before freeing it from the railing, NParks said.
It was then assessed on-site by an NParks veterinarian who unfortunately found it to be in poor condition.
The poor animal’s multiple injuries were likely sustained during its attempts to free itself from the road divider, they added.
Thus, it was euthanised humanely, on welfare grounds.
Last week, another video surfaced on Facebook showing a wild boar running on the road divider along Rivervale Drive in Sengkang.
According to the caption of the video, this took place near Block 124 Rivervale Drive.
In their statement, NParks reminded the public not to handle injured wild animals on their own.
Instead, they may call NParks for urgent cases of wildlife that need rescuing.
Their Animal Response Centre hotline at 1800-476-1600 is open 24 hours.
While seeing a wild boar on the loose may have been intriguing, it was unfortunate that the creature’s life had to end so shortly after.
Hopefully, the poor thing didn’t suffer too painfully before its life was ended.
Nevertheless, kudos to the NParks team for responding to the situation promptly. We’re sure they tried to do what was best for the animal.
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