THIS is the bizarre moment a 140-pound wild boar emerged from the Mediterranean Sea in front of stunned tourists and hurtled up a Costa del Sol beach.
The mighty beast, believed to be around three years old, made an uncontrollable sprint across the sand on the family-friendly Benajarafe beach, near Malaga, late this morning.
Frightened tourists and locals were heard screaming as the 10 stone beast swam towards the shore, with one yelling in Spanish: “Look out, it’s coming out of the water”.
It narrowly missed an older couple in bathing suits and a topless young woman in a bikini bottom as they rampaged down the beach before disappearing into the reeds behind the sand.
Animal experts and police hunting for the escaped boar — known locally as a “boar shark” — are warning people who encounter the uncontrollable animal to “keep quiet and not bother it” for their own safety.
Jose Antonio Villodres, who runs a company that manages the hunt, told a local newspaper he hadn’t tracked her down but “identified the route she takes.”
He warned sunbathers not to approach him once he returned to the beach, adding: “He has very sharp fangs and although he doesn’t attack, he could do you a lot of damage if he just grazes you.”
“People who encounter this should remain calm and not worry.”
He said the beach-dwelling animal could return to the area in the next 48 hours to recover from the grueling drought and heat affecting its natural habitat in southern Spain.
Hunters will use tranquilizer darts to subdue the animal if sighted again, taking it safely inland to the mountains and away from the hordes of vacationers along the coast.
Thankfully, no one was injured in the recent drama, which was not the case two months earlier when a 67-year-old sunbather was bitten by one on a Costa Blanca beach.
This incident happened on June 2 on El Albir beach, north of Benidorm, after the disoriented animal fell out of the sea when lifeguards sounded the alarm and attacked the OAP.
Medics claimed the woman’s injuries may have been caused when the wild boar attacked and crashed into her where its teeth are.
This animal had been spotted in the water by boat crews who alerted beach lifeguards as it headed for dry land after an unsuccessful attempt to catch it.
It is believed to have originated from the nearby Serra Gelada Natural Park, which consists of over 5,000 hectares of protected coastline in the municipalities of Benidorm, Alfaz del Pi and Altea.
How it got into the sea is not known.
On August 1, a wild boar bit a 10-year-old girl while she was playing with friends on Playa Grande beach in Girona.
It sank one of its fangs into the boy’s leg, causing an injury that resulted in her being taken to the hospital and stitched up.
Colombian pop star Shakira revealed last September that she was “attacked” by two wild boars who tried to “rob” her while she was in a Barcelona park with her nine-year-old son Milan.
The pop singer showed off a bag she claimed was destroyed by the animals in a homemade video she posted to Instagram.
The 45-year-old mother-of-two – who split from soccer partner Gerard Pique earlier this year – showed off her purse as she wrote in an Instagram Story of the bizarre incident: “Look at how two wild boars smack me attacked in the park left my bag.
“They took my bag with my phone in it into the forest. They destroyed everything.”
She then added, as her son walked away in the background: “Milan, tell the truth. Tell me how your mama fought the wild boar.”
The singer did not specify when the incident happened or what park it happened at.
Neither Shakira nor her son appeared to have been injured.
Wild boar are increasingly coming to cities to forage for food, with numbers increasing during the coronavirus pandemic.
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