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Wild Boar Attacks Reported in Tsukuba!

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By Avi Landau

You really never can tell what will happen in this life of ours.

Imagine this, a seventy year old man from a quiet hamlet (Kunimatsu) at the foot of Mt. Tsukuba gets on his bicycle on a cold but fine day and pedals along the RINRIN ROAD cycling path thinking of doing a little grocery shopping. Then at around 10:30, passing through Numata, he is suddenly knocked over by a blow from behind - and before he can even look up something is upon him – a ravenous wild boar gone berserk!

He grapples with the meter-long beast for 20 minutes (!) and in the process has his right thumb bitten clean off.

No, folks, this is not a folk-tale or the re-telling of some nightmare I`ve had. It`s something that actually happened here in Tsukuba on January 28, 2018.

About thirty minutes after that poor gentleman lost his thumb, another person, a seventy-three year old woman out talking a stroll was attacked and had her ring finger slightly injured.

This is a segment of the RINRIN ROAD just outside of  Hojo. The boar attacks took place a few kilometers to the north.

This is a segment of the RINRIN ROAD just outside of Hojo. The boar attacks took place a few kilometers to the north.

I have previously written about the increase in Mt. Tsukuba`s boar population and the trouble they have been giving local farmers. I guess hunger – and the unusually cold weather we`ve been having has driven this one particular critter (if it was in fact the same boar involved in both attacks – separated by thirty minutes in time and about fifty meters in space) to man-eating (could it have contracted rabies??).

I would advice you to think twice about taking your kids to play around Mt. Tsukuba – and if  you go around there as an able-bodied adult – take your baseball bat with you!

I happened to be near Mt. Tsukuba today and took a stroll in the fields and happened to chance upon this fence - made from the old wooden beams that used to make up the railroad tracks. I didn`t come across any boars - just a lot of pheasants!

I happened to be near Mt. Tsukuba today and took a stroll in the fields and happened to chance upon this fence – made from the old wooden beams that used to make up the railroad tracks. I didn`t come across any boars – just a lot of pheasants!



3 Comments

  • janine beichman says:

    Avi, I posted a link to this on Facebook, in the Advice for Tsukuba Residents group. It seems an important safety advisory. Thank you for writing about it.

  • Jon says:

    Hey, did you know that at around the same time the boar attacks took place in Tsukuba an old man was actually killed by a boar in China. You can see security camera footage here:
    https://nypost.com/video/ferocious-wild-boar-attack-kills-an-elderly-man/

  • Junko says:

    That is a scary! I showed that video to my husband but he went to climb Mt. Hokyo despite it. He said he will be safe with an umbrella. If the inoshishi will attack he will open the umbrella and hide. He says that is effective for protection. Still I am worried!