Category Archives : Animals


Photoshop battle: After being rescued from a flood, a little pig goes a long way

Heavy floods rocked Yibin County, Sichuan province in August, requiring villagers to evacuate themselves and their belongings from Hengjiang village.

As rescue workers waded through the water to help one pig to safety, internet users were charmed after it was caught on camera “smiling.” A Photoshop battle soon ensued…

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The original image.

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Photo: MixSaffron/Reddit.

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Photo: Shopdude/Reddit and Metalkon/Reddit.

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Photo: Cynar/Reddit.

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Photo: itsinfo/Reddit.

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Photo: avisioncame/Reddit and Razor505/Reddit.


In Pictures: Tactical officers take down wild pig on the loose at Hong Kong airport

A wild boar wandered into the Hong Kong International Airport’s apron on Tuesday.

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Photo: Apple Daily.

Airport Security Unit officers pushed the wild boar to the ground with shields, possibly injuring the beast as it was shown bleeding from the nose and mouth.

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Photo: Apple Daily.

Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group’s Roni Wong said the police could have tranquillised the boar without causing injury.

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Photo: Apple Daily.

Wong added that it is possible that the boar swam from Lantau Island to the airport.


Video: Huge snake captured in Shek O village amazes netizens

A drama unfolded in Shek O on Thursday as authorities captured a huge snake discovered in the village. The snake appears to be a python, which are not venomous but can bite and grow up to nine metres in length. Footage of the incident, shot by resident Janva Tam, was shared widely on social media.

See also: Hong Kong’s most dreaded creepy-crawlies


Hong Kong’s most dreaded creepy-crawlies

Hong Kong has recorded at least 6,784 insect species – most of which are fairly benevolent. However, some are less friendly. HongWrong has collected a list of the city’s most dreaded creepy crawlies.

Nephila Pilipes Golden Golden orb-weaver

Also known as giant wood spiders or banana spiders, they feature a leg span of up to 20cm and often prey on snakes or small birds. They are one of the biggest spiders in the world and, if you fancy a visit to the lovely Lantau Silvermine waterfalls, expect to be absolutely surrounded by gaggles of these nightmarish arachnids. Hong Kong’s “Jumanji Island,” Tung Ping Chau, is also teeming with the damned things, ready and poised to devour your first-born child.


HKFP History: A brief history of South China tigers in Hong Kong

In the days when Hong Kong was filled with swathes of dense forest instead of skyscrapers, the city was home to many species that would be foreign and exotic to residents today. Perhaps none have been more captivating, elusive, and deadly than the South China tiger.

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A South China Tiger. Photo: Wikicommons.

The most distinctive of all tiger subspecies, the South China tiger once boasted a reported population of 4,000 in the wild, spanning from Hunan and Jiangxi in the north to Hong Kong. In the early days of the territory as a British colony, tigers were not a common sight. But certainly the local tiger was as dangerous as it was unique.


Video: Mini-documentary on Hong Kong pet cemeteries

HKU students Arshiya Khullar, Agnes Lu, Susie Wu, Kenton Chan have produced a 15-minute short film about a Hong Kong pet cemetery, following two local families as they say goodbye to their much-loved animals. The mini-documentary follows a young boy as he bids farewell to his cat Lulu and a woman who lets go of her sick dog.


In Pictures: 50 monkeys ‘occupy’ school basketball court in Tsz Wan Shan

It was rhesus monkey pandemonium at a primary school basketball court on Monday morning after a 28-year-old man stumbled upon dozens of macaques “occupying” the court.

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Photo: Apple Daily.

Mr Lee and his family were making their way to Tsz Wan Court in Tsz Wan Shan at around 11am. Lee said he saw saw around 50 monkeys “occupying” the basketball court next to The Church of Christ in China Kei Tsz Primary School.

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Photo: Apple Daily.

Teachers forbade students from leaving the classrooms to ensure that they would not get hurt.

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Photo: Apple Daily.


Rogue porcupine spotted wandering around Central at 3am

A porcupine was spotted wandering around the Citibank Tower in Central at around 3am on Monday morning.

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Photo: Gino Ng via Facebook.

An eyewitness posted a video to Facebook showing the porcupine seeking shelter under a nearby structure.

Most netizens were concerned with the wellbeing of the spikey rodent and were unsure of the animal’s fate should the authorities be informed.

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Photo: Gino Ng via Facebook.

One netizen pointed out that, as porcupines are protected under the Wild Animals Protection Ordinance, they will first be given a checkup by a vet with Kadoorie Farm, and then released back into the wild.