A man was injured by a wild boar while hunting with his son and dog in the forest in Ratanakkiri province’s Borkeo district on Thursday, according to local police.
Deputy district police chief Min Ren said the wild boar ambushed the victim while he was hunting in the forest with his dog.
“The wild boar attacked him because he was hunting with his dog in the forest. He was seriously injured on his hand and also had some wounds on his body,” he said.
Hor Hul, police chief of Keh Chong commune, said the victim’s son brought him to the provincial hospital after the attack because his father’s wounds were swollen.
“He was first sent to the district hospital after the attack, but it took a while to get there because it is far away and the wound became swollen. So they brought him to the provincial hospital,” he said.
Mr Hul identified the victim as Roman Poeun, 45, a member of the Tompoun tribe.
“He was walking his dog to look for wild animals and set traps. The dog died after being attacked by the wild boar. I got this information from the son who was with his father,” he said.
“When the boar attacked the father, the son jumped in and hacked the boar several times with an axe until it died. Boars will become malicious if they sense a threat to protect themselves just like humans do,” he said.
The boar was given to the family for food because the incident did not occur in a conservation area and because it is customary for the Tompoun people to hunt to support their livelihoods, Mr Hul added.