Pictures being circulated online show a bloodied and motionless wild boar which was found “just browsing around” the Tun Dr. Siti Hasmah Library of the Malaysia Multimedia University (MMU) in Cyberjaya, drew the wrath of netizens nationwide.
What causes more outrage were the fact that one of the pictures displayed a man stepping on the bloody carcass of the mammal.
It was not known whether the animal died after the attack although netizens assumed it was killed.
To clear the air, authorities from MMU has issued a press statement on what truly went on behind the scene.
“In particular, we would like to address the claims that the animal was cruelly treated on MMU grounds,” the statement reads.
MMU also clarifies that the incident was truly unprecedented and all parties involved including MMUâ€™s Security Unit, Occupational Safety and Health Unit (OSHE) and the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (Bomba), did the best that was possible under the circumstances.
“Certainly, MMU does not condone any form of cruelty to any animal, regardless of species. In this case, the university referred the handling of the situation to the authorities.”
“As we have been made to understand, no one involved in the removal of the animal had intended to inflict cruelty of any kind. Rather, the injuries the animal had were not inflicted by humans but the glass panel that it broke when it gained entry into the library,” the statement continues.
The statement also pointed out that a struggle did happen when the boar became aggressive and violent over the time it spent trapped inside the premise.
“Measures had to be taken so as to ensure that no one was hurt, especially the students and staff of MMU.”
In the process of capturing it, the animal succumbed to its injuries. Before the all-clear could be given, the animal had to be inspected to confirm its death. It is most unfortunate that this process was misconstrued and taken out of context.
The university hopes that the explanation helps to clarify this unfortunate incident to the media and members of the public.
Photos of the bloodied boar were uploaded about 4pm on the Online Market in Cyberia Facebook page.
A later post by animal activist Puspa Rani at 8pm shows the animal lying motionless, with a man stepping on the bloodied animal on the floor.
Netizens lashed out at the attack, dubbing it as being â€œcruelâ€.MYNEWSHUB