My strange encounter with a wild pig

My strange encounter with a wild pig

Listen to Jannie talking about an unusual visit from a wild animal.

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I want to talk about something I saw in the British Council that is very weird to me. 

My name is Jannie. I've been working in the British Council Hong Kong for nearly two years. This is a comfy place to work because it's very modern, the building, it's clean and we've got sunshine from outside the window. And surrounding us there are different international, big hotels and they are like Shangri-la, Conrad. And it's like a business area here, an ordinary office area. 

Last Sunday I saw a very strange thing here. We were having lesson with the children – they are four years old and we were in a very big classroom. And because it's very big, so we separated it into two areas. That means we have got two classes there, two teachers and two different groups of children. 

We started to have the lesson as usual, singing, playing and asking them if they are well that day. And suddenly the teaching assistant from next door came into my classroom and screamed, saying that 'There is a pig! There is a pig!' The teacher looked at me and I looked at the teacher – we were like, 'What? What's going on?' And then so we left the classroom, we went into the next classroom and then we saw a real pig! It's a wild pig, we believe, and it's very big. It is black in colour and I can't believe I could see a pig in – outside the British Council, in such a business centre in Admiralty here. 

So all the children were very excited to look at the pig and we were so close with (to) the pig, and it's like the pig was just outside the window, in the garden outside, and we were behind the window inside the classroom. And because of the children, they were so excited and they were screaming and patting the window and screamed 'Piggy, piggy, piggy!' And then we were like, I think we did something that made the pig excited as well. It started to use its very flat big nose to hit the window. It's like trying to enter the classroom, to have lesson with us. And we messed around for about ten minutes and then maybe the pig started to feel bored and so it left the window, walked away. And another strange thing is the pig walked upstairs to another garden because the garden outside is separated into two different areas, downstairs and upstairs. So it walked upstairs. And it's very strange to me! 

So after the pig left us, we went back to our classroom and then we had our lesson again, but it's like we all can’t calm down and we were thinking about the piggy, the piggy and the children were screaming 'piggy, piggy' and then, it was a very interesting day.


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Submitted by gosia_czech on Mon, 19/06/2023 - 07:12


I don't think that I have encountered any wild animals in the city centre. However, in my neighbourhood, in the suburbs I've seen a fox running around one night as I was walking back home.

Submitted by meknini on Tue, 12/07/2022 - 14:42


No as I rarely frequent a city therefore I haven't witnessed anything peculiar like a wild boar roaming the street although I have seen plenty of stray cats and dogs and I don't think they fall under the wild category.

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Submitted by danisep on Wed, 23/12/2020 - 18:16

No, I don't like to go a lot to the centre, I prefer to buy and do my errands through the internet , I have seen horses pass in front my house but in 9 years two is a lot. The most wild animal that I have seen and touched was my dog, a beautiful husky.

Submitted by mcambindo22 on Tue, 08/09/2020 - 20:50

I'm from Cali, Colombia. I have seen some wild animals in the city due to my city has forests nearby so with the coronavirus and the quarantine all was in calm so animals used to go to downtown and was possible seeing animals that in another opportunity would be tricky.

Submitted by Morteza on Fri, 09/08/2019 - 16:58

A couple years ago I saw a fox at a park near my home, in the heart of Tehran!!! Can you believe it?

Submitted by parisaach on Wed, 03/07/2019 - 07:10

In my city there are some animals arounds mostly cats, mouses , crows and birds. I doubt they be considered wild animal. actually there is no wild animal in our streets, but I saw some wild animals when I travelled to other cities or countries Maybe cows don't be considered wild animals but they can be really wild. They never hurt me, but they hurt some one I know. Once we were in jungle and we stayed to eat lunch then some cows came toward us . my sister's father in law fed them. but they didn't leave, they wanted more. They came next to the car and brought their heads on trunk of our car, so they made us to leave the place. I always see cows every time I go to a village, I never afraid of them . I always walk next to them. but when they become angry they can be really dangerous. I also chased by a wild dog when I was a child. People say you shouldn't run when you see a dog, but My sister and I were children on that time and a wild dog started to chase us. Fortunately our home was near and we could escape. I have more stories but I think that's enough for now. Thank you British council team.