Wild Boars Run Amok in France

One scatters shoppers, while another ties up trains
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2007 11:31 AM CST
Wild Boars Run Amok in France
A European wild boar. A boar rampaged through a clothing store in Poitiers, France and another wandered across a railroad track and was struck, causing extensive delays. Wild boars are hunted in France and elsewhere in for their meat.    (Archive Photos)

(Newser) – Shoppers weren't the only thing going hog-wild over the weekend, reports the Independent. One wild boar rampaged amid last-minute gift-buyers in a clothing store in France, while another stepped in front of a high-speed train, delaying trains for hours. 

In the clothing shop in Poitiers, in western France, customers and staff  were evacuated while police tried to remove the 190-pound boar. But the animal charged officers and was shot. The second boar was hit by the high-speed Nice-to-Brussels express. The train was then delayed for almost four hours, triggering travel chaos across France as 34 other trains were also held up. (Read more Poitiers, France stories.)

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