Wild pig seen in main street after midnight

While heading home from work on Monday night, Balclutha resident Carwyn Macaulay met an unusual sight on the town’s main street.

Mr Macaulay was driving down State Highway 1 past Balclutha’s shops about 12.30am, when he spotted a mysterious dark shape on the road up ahead.

"I thought someone had dropped something on the road but, to my surprise, it was a wild pig,” he said.

A wild pig was caught on camera roaming the streets of Balclutha this week. PHOTO: CARWYN MACAULAY
A wild pig was caught on camera roaming the streets of Balclutha this week. PHOTO: CARWYN MACAULAY
The keen hunter said he wished he had his rifle in the car, but then common sense kicked in.

“I didn’t want to spark an armed offenders callout, so I shot him on my phone instead.”

He followed the large boar down off the highway and along Elizabeth St.

"He was a big fella and looked to be between 72 and 77kg in weight. He was just wandering along the road past Holmdene, then he headed down towards the river, where I lost sight of him when he reached the Clutha riverbank.”

Clutha District Council spokeswoman Sue Wilkins said the council had also been notified about the boar.

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