Wild boar on top of womans head sparks curfew in Rome after string of attacks

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Residents in Rome have ramped-up measures to tackle invading boars after one woman was attacked by a wild boar who jumped on top of her head.

Neighbourhoods have imposed a nightly "curfew" in a bid to avoid major incidents from taking place after the woman was pushed to the ground in the horrific attack in northern Rome.

The boars have plagued the Italian capital for years, but it seems to have taken its toll on frightened residents following the incident which took place on Sunday (May 1).

Marta Santangelo, who was targeted by a wild pig while walking her dog said: “It was just before 11pm … I was carrying a bag of rubbish and by the bin I noticed boar cubs.

"The mother was fixating on me. I understood that maybe she was scared and so picked up my dog and ran for cover.”

But the mother boar pounced on Marta and she fell to the ground.

“She was on my head … I screamed and my dog defended me," she added.

"There were seven piglets close by but they didn’t attack.”

She was found by a motorist and rushed to hospital, where she was seen for injuries to her face and knees.

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The attack has sparked the residents of Balduina and six other districts to introduce their own 8.30pm curfew, reports The Guardian.

Resident Gianluca Sabino explained the restrictions and told publication La Repubblica: “On the [social media] chats between people in the district, and especially in group chats between people who have dogs, it is advised not to go out after 8.30pm.

“Because at night, if somebody falls over or is hurt and nobody is around to help, then they could remain on the ground for who knows how long.”

While Franco Quaranta, who is the president of a residents’ activist group in Aurelio, said the curfew is an act of "self-protection” by citizens.

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“This time the victim was an adult – but what if it happens to a child? With [the boars’] teeth, even just a bite to the leg is enough to jeopardise someone’s life,” he questioned.

Authorities have since announced anti-boar measures which include fencing-off areas of natural park where the animals enter and regularly collecting rubbish, with a focus on the animals main entry points.

Massimo Vetturi, of animal rights organisation LAV, said boar attacks usually stem from the animal believing there is a threat to their offspring or their food source.

“These are the two critical elements that can unleash an attack, from any wild animal, not just boar,” he explained.

“But if a boar is close to an overflowing bin and a human approaches, it will act in a way to remove the threat to its essential food source. The real problem in Rome is that there has been no management of the problem.”

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