Three wild boar return home to Maesteg farm

The farmer who lost part of his wild boar herd in a burglary says some of those which escaped have returned.

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And these little piggies came home...

Some of the wild boar who returned to the farm near Maesteg this morning. Credit: Greg Davies

Farmer Greg Davies - who lost around 40 of his herd of wild boar during a burglary at the weekend - saw some of them find their way home today.

Mr Davies said he saw four of them near the farm early this morning and "whistled them back". Two boar and one sow went through the gate but another decided to run off again.

Farmer Greg Davies at his farm near Maesteg with the rest of his herd. Credit: Wales News Service

South Wales Police are warning that although the animals are not an immediate threat to public safety, they may charge anyone who tries to approach them as the boars will be disorientated, confused and are not used to being out of their pens.

Six people have been arrested and bailed in connection with the burglary and escape.

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21 wild boar are on the loose in Maesteg Credit: Wales News Service

Twenty-one wild boar are still on the loose in Maesteg.

According to the Wild Boar Association, the animals are naturally 'very timid' and won't approach humans.

Have you seen any of the escaped animals? If so, let us know and send us your pictures to wales@itv.com

Wild Boar Association: Boar are naturally 'very timid'

The Wild Boar Association UK has issued some information about what to do if you encounter a wild boar. It's after 21 wild boar were released in Maesteg during a burglary.

The group says wild boar are naturally timid animals Credit: Chris Grady / Wild Boar Association UK

According to the Wild Boar Association, the animals are naturally 'very timid': "They will search out a nice quiet area of woodland where they can hide away in peace.

"Wild boar will usually smell a human and run away long before you even know they are there.

"However, if you are lucky enough to see a wild boar you have two options, one is to admire this amazing animal and appreciate it for what it is, the other is to make noise and clap your hands and the boar will run away after giving a little grunt"

5 key facts about wild boar

A number of wild boar are on the loose in Maesteg after they were released from their pen in a burglary.

Here are 5 facts about wild boar:

  • Wild boar can travel up to 30 miles a day looking for food, and could potentially attack livestock
  • A full grown adult can weigh three times that of an adult human
  • Wild boar are primarily nocturnal scavengers, and they will eat almost anything they come across
  • Wild boar are native across much of Northern and Central Europe and much of Asia. In England populations have become established due to animals escaping from captivity
  • Wild boar are competent swimmers, capable of covering long distances in water

South Wales Police says anyone who sees one of the animals should not approach it, and contact 101 as a priority.

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21 wild boar on the loose after burglary

South Wales Police says 21 wild boar are possibly roaming around Maesteg, near Bridgend, after they were released from their pen in a burglary.

Officers have warned that members of the public should not approach wild boar Credit: PA

The burglary happened on Ewenny Road in Maesteg at 12.30 today.

Police are warning the wild boar can travel up to 30 miles a day looking for food, and could potentially attack other livestock.

South Wales Police says anyone who finds one of the boar should not approach it, and contact 101 as a priority.