The story could have ended badly. Wednesday, September 20, around 20 p.m., a 10-year-old schoolgirl was seriously injured after being attacked by a wild boar in Marseille, reports the local daily La Provence. Leaving the Luminy tennis club (a district of Marseille), a stone's throw from the Calanques National Park, Giulia and her father used to make a detour to observe wild boars.
It is here, at the foot of the hills bordering the park, that mammals have taken up residence and proliferate not far from homes. Usually, the schoolgirl and her father are content to observe from the car. But that evening, their car stops very close to the boars, who show no signs of fright or anger. The father and daughter only notice the presence of many marcassins. Without thinking for a second about the danger to which she exposes herself, Giulia opens the door and goes downstairs.
Two four-centimetre notches
No sooner had she set foot on the tarmac than the marcassins were agitated, probably frightened by her presence. At the same time, Giulia is hit by a large male who charges her legs. In the process, a blade loads it in turn. Giulia barely has time to become aware of what is happening to her. She hastily took refuge in the passenger compartment of the car.
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Once safe, she finds that her legs are bleeding profusely. The girl's father restarts and immediately takes her to the emergency room. On the way, he makes a phone call to Giulia's mother to tell her about the accident. At St. Joseph's Hospital, caregivers discovered two gashes of nearly four centimeters, one under the knee and the other at the level of the shin. Too deep, they are impossible to suture.
Do not approach
The canines of wild boars grow throughout their lives. They quickly transform into formidable curved tusks, sharpened like razors and are particularly developed in males. Giulia's wounds are not bites. Obviously, they were caused by these defences.
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The little girl and her father say it: they were wrong to get so close. They confide to La Provence that their misadventure must serve as a lesson to all people who, like them, like to go near these hills to observe the "black beasts". A tip that the Calanques National Park repeats regularly, while wild boars multiply in the area.