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Sunday, Oct 5, 2014

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Elderly woman survives wild boar attack in Malaysia

The Star/ANN | R.S.N. Murali | Sunday, Oct 5, 2014

Katijah showing her stitched-up hand after surviving the wild boar attack.

JASIN - An octogenarian was attacked by a wild boar and lives to tell her tale.

Katijah Ibrahim, 81, left her home in Kampung Ulu, Batang Melaka at 6.15am for morning prayers at a surau on Wednesday.

The 81-year-old stuck to her usual route when all of a sudden, a boar appeared from seemingly nowhere, charged at her and gored her.

Her daughter Meriam Yunus, 58, said Katijah told her that the boar bit her on the neck too.

"My mother put up a fight but the animal was powerful and big.

"At first, she thought that she was being attacked by a large dog and began screaming anjing, anjing, catching the attention of nearby villagers," she said.

The villagers, Meriam said, then used sticks to scare away the boar which then fled into a secondary jungle.

"Fortunately for my mother, our neighbours saved her in the nick of time," Meriam said.

"I dread to think what would have happened otherwise."

Meriam said she then rushed her mother to the Selandar clinic for treatment to injuries on her right knee, neck and right arm.

"The clinic later referred her to Malacca Hospital as she was bleeding profusely," she said, adding that Katijah was taken to a private hospital the next day.

"She received stitches on her right arm and fingers due to several deep gashes," she said.

Since the incident, Meriam said her mother kept to herself, adding that she was still in a state of shock.

"She kept repeating that the Almighty saved her life and that she is still able to celebrate Hari Raya Haji with us," she said.

Villagers, she said, often spotted wild boars roaming near the village.

"Despite the village being a favourite spot for hunters, the wild boar population has continued to increase," she said, adding that she lodged a police report in Batang Melaka yesterday.

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