The wild boar that captured hearts around the world last week could be killed in accordance with new German safety laws.
Photos of the boar and her two piglets making off with a laptop bag at a popular Berlin bathing spot went viral earlier this month, mostly because the owner chasing after them was stark naked.
According to a report from German outlet T Online, the exasperated bloke managed to shock the boar into dropping his bag by making a loud noise.
Boars and other wild animal shave become increasingly bold during the lockdown, as the deserted streets of many towns and cities have become less frightening for them.
Now there are calls for Germany's growing boar population to be culled —starting with the laptop thief.
The local Grunewald forestry department has given the shoot-to-kill command for the boar because she has obviously lost her fear of approaching humans and is now considered a threat.
Trained marksmen have been hunting the boar for some time but she has evaded them so far.
Local media reports that the laptop-stealing boar would be "primarily taken" — meaning culled, Katja Kammer, head of the Grunewald forestry commission told public broadcaster rbb24.
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Wild boars can be aggressive and carry diseases and are attracted to lakes because of the summer heat and the "huge amount" of litter dropped by humans.
"You have to put yourself in the boar's position," Kammer said.
"The sun is hot on its black fur. So it heads for water or into a swamp."
Once the boars move into an area they're very hard to get rid of, so culling is the only option to reduce interactions between animals and humans, according to Kammer.
"Fortunately there have not yet been any serious clashes between wild boars at Teufelssee," she said.
Boars have no natural predators in the region so must be culled to keep their population under control.
But there's some hope for the now world-famous boar — laws state that a mother with piglets under six months old cannot be shot.
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