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Large pig runs after British ambassador in Austria causing injuries

By Mason White 2:18 PM May 19, 2017
Leigh Turner and a wild pig
Leigh Turner and a wild pig
By: William Martin

The British ambassador in Vienna, Austria, suffered injuries after being chased by a large pig in a park.

It all began when Leigh Turner decided to take a walk in the park after attending the commemoration events at the Mauthausen concentration camp near Linz.

Turner felt like stretching his legs so he drove to the Lainzer Tiergarten, a historic park on the edge of Vienna, which features steep, wooded hills, a lookout tower, parkland and well-placed scenic cafes.

As he was walking in the rain, Turner was delighted to see a group of 25 wild pigs, both adults and infants, heading into the forest.

As he passed the Rasthaus Hirschgstemm and started climbing into the woods, Turner walked into a second large group of boar, again comprising adults and juniors.

A couple of the adults, obviously disturbed by his arrival, began acting up. Turner began slowly walking away from the group. It was at this point, that he heard a thundering sound.

Turner turned around to discover that he was in a dangerous situation. He ran, seeking refuge.

A pile of tree trunks looked easier for him to climb than for the pigs so he attempted to scale them and slipped on the wet wood, scratching and bruising himself in multiple locations.

Luckily, the pigs retreated. Turner visited a doctor the next morning. He did not suffer any broken bones, but his hand was placed into a splint to stabilize it while the bruising went down.