Wild boar attack: Man thanks passers-by, to be discharged on Fri

The wild boar (above, left) that attacked Mr Michael Jin last Thursday died after it was hit by a passing bus. On Tuesday, Mr Jin received a visit from Ms Low Yen Ling in hospital.
On Tuesday, Mr Jin received a visit from Ms Low Yen Ling in hospital.PHOTOS: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS, LIANHE ZAOBAO
The wild boar (above, left) that attacked Mr Michael Jin last Thursday died after it was hit by a passing bus. On Tuesday, Mr Jin received a visit from Ms Low Yen Ling in hospital.
The wild boar (above) that attacked Mr Michael Jin last Thursday died after it was hit by a passing bus. PHOTOS: SHIN MIN DAILY NEWS, LIANHE ZAOBAO

The 44-year-old man attacked by a wild boar in Bukit Gombak last Thursday is set to be discharged from hospital tomorrow, after doctors have ensured that his wounds are not at risk of being infected.

Mr Michael Jin suffered cuts and lacerations on both legs.

His condition has been stable after undergoing leg surgery on Monday, and he is grateful for the public's help during the incident, he told The Straits Times yesterday.

The attack took place at the walkway just outside Glendale Park Condominium at 25, Hillview Avenue.

Mr Jin, who works as a patent lawyer, had just returned from a work trip in Germany.

His wife, 42-year-old housewife Salina Wang, said he had been on his way home after taking their five-year-old daughter to kindergarten when he saw the boar charging towards him.

"It was so unexpected that I couldn't even panic. I ran a few more metres before it knocked me down and bit my leg," he said.

A passer-by used a stick to shoo the animal away, while a motorist stopped and bandaged his wounds to help stem the bleeding.

"I was so grateful that people were so helpful," Mr Jin said.

Ms Wang heard the news from a neighbour and rushed to the scene, frightened and anxious, according to a Lianhe Zaobao report yesterday.

"My husband took my hand and told me these words: Don't worry, it has already happened. He gave me power to stay calm that day," she told The Straits Times.

When the animal later tried to escape, it was hit by a passing bus and died.

Mr Jin was taken to Ng Teng Fong General Hospital.

His daughter and 12-year-old son kept him company on his first day in the hospital.

Chua Chu Kang GRC MP Low Yen Ling visited Mr Jin on Tuesday.

Ms Wang said she was grateful to Ms Low for checking in on the couple daily since the incident and for calming her down when her husband was admitted.

Mr Jin added that he had not seen wild boars near his home before.

On Monday, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore said that closed-circuit television cameras have been installed temporarily at a forested area behind HillV2 shopping mall and close to Hillview Rise to monitor the wild boar situation there.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2017, with the headline 'Wild boar attack: Man thanks passers-by, to be discharged on Fri'. Print Edition | Subscribe