A group of wild boars visits the beach of San Fruttuoso near Portofino © Screenshot Youtube/Promocanale
Calmly, a wild boar with two large and three small newborns strolls through one of the most beautiful beaches in Italy and rummages through the luggage of the bathers.
Portofino - The beach of the Benedictine Abbey of San Fruttuoso, three kilometres west of the fashionable seaside resort of Portofino on the Italian Riviera, is a special bathing paradise: against the backdrop of the 8th century monastery with its dome, a small beach invites you to swim. If you want to splash around here, you either have to walk on narrow hiking trails or take a boat. Now a whole family of wild boars made themselves comfortable among the bathers. This video is currently making the whole of Italy smile. But it has a very serious background.
Tuesday's video (&. June), posted by Giovanni Moro on Facebook, is currently going viral in Italy: You can see how the animal family calmly enters the beach, which is surrounded by forest and rocks on the land side, on a staircase and paves its way through the bathers. No one is excited, a young man remains stoically lying down while the wild boar and its youngsters almost trudge over his towel.
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Other bathers take out their mobile phones and film the unusual scenery. The wild boars sniff bathing luggage in search of something to eat. But they find nothing and finally return to the forest after a good two minutes through the arcades of the 1200-year-old abbey.
San Fruttuoso at Portofino © Wikipedia - Pjt56
This time the encounter between humans and animals went well, but in almost all of Italy there are problems due to the ever-expanding wild boar population. The Italian wild boars, which were only half the size, were displaced by Central and Eastern European wild boars abandoned by hunters. Conflicts arise.
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One day before the wild boar family's beach party, a wild boar attacked a 58-year-old woman who was walking her dog in nearby Genoa, in downtown Palermo, she had to be treated in hospital with a large cut. Seven months ago, there was a similar incident in Rome. Seven months ago, there was a similar incident in Rome. In 2019, a 77-year-old man was rescued in Sicily who wanted to protect his dog from a wild boar (see video).
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Wild boars seem to be a bigger problem in Italy than wolves and bears. The wild boars are invading the cities and have lost their fear of humans. In Rome, they rummage through the garbage, which often lies only in plastic bags on the streets.
Throughout Italy, wild boars have become a problem
Last year alone, wild boars were blamed for accidents that resulted in 13 deaths and 261 serious injuries. Until now, there has been a ban on hunting the bristle animals, but at the end of last year the hunting of them in the cities was allowed by the government under Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. The fear of predators in Italy is growing, mountain rescuers no longer move out at night because of bears and wolves.
The farmers' association Coldiretti speaks of an "invasion" of wild boars and welcomed the hunting reform, saying it is urgently needed "as Italy is invaded by 2.3 million wild boars in the cities and in the countryside". According to Coldiretti President Ettore Prandini, the situation in the cities and in the countryside has become unacceptable. The economic damage to agricultural production is great.