At 12:14 a.m. on Oct. 25, the first report came in: A wild boar was spotted near an eight-story office building 600 meters east of Chiba Station, a bustling transportation hub surrounded by department stores and commercial high-rises.
According to more than a dozen eyewitness accounts gathered by the police in the hour that followed, the beast made its way toward a nearby 7-Eleven before heading to a junior high school across the street.
“It’s the first time I’ve heard of an inoshishi (wild boar) showing up around here,” a female clerk at the convenience store tells The Japan Times a few days after the furry omnivore made headlines.
The animal eventually wandered toward Dezu Wharf, where it injured a man in his 30s inside the grounds of an apartment complex. It also managed to ram into a taxi before trotting off into the night. Hisae Kato, an elderly local, says she heard from neighbors there were traces of blood just a block away from her home that were likely left by the wounded animal.
The final standoff took place several hours later at around 9 a.m., after police received a tip that the boar was swimming near a pier in the city’s central Chuo Ward.