By Sophia Ankel / insider.com
- A video shows wild boars surrounding a woman in an Italian car park and then stealing her groceries.
- The video, posted on social media on Thursday, shows the woman dropping her bags in defeat.
- Wild boars are a menace in Italy, where their population is thought to be in the millions.
A herd of wild boars was caught on camera ambushing and stealing grocery bags from a woman who had just come out of a supermarket near Rome, Italy on Thursday.
The video, which was posted on social media, shows four adult and two young boars following the woman as she tries to walk to her car in the village of Le Rughe.
The woman attempts to back away from the animals but is eventually cornered, dropping her groceries in defeat. The little ones immediately grab the bags and start eating their contents while others take what they can and run away.
“I don’t believe my eyes,” the woman filming the video says in Italian, according to the Guardian.
Watch it in full here.
The video has sparked a new debate about the presence of wild boars in Italian towns and cities, which has reportedly increased since the start of the pandemic.
Many villagers have complained of the animals raiding their gardens and rummaging through their garbage in the quest for food. Wild boars are also responsible for an average of 10,000 road accidents a year in the country, according to the Guardian.
The boars have also been a problem for Italian farmers, who last month asked authorities to intervene because they wrought havoc on their land.
“We must act as soon as possible and involve the army if necessary,” Coldiretti, the country’s largest farmers’ association said in a statement, according to the Guardian.