Leigh Turner, London’s envoy since August, has told the media that he found himself face-to-face with a group of “four or five hulking adults and countless piglets” earlier this month.
Not that it is the most vicious attack a diplomat can encounter but things were pretty bad.
Writing in his blog, Mr. Turner said: “Moments later I hear a noise behind me like a galloping horse and turn to see a massive wild boar, head down, charging straight at me.”
The British Ambassador to Austria tried to escape by climbing a pile of tree trunks and running from the boar but he slipped on wet wood, scratching and bruising himself in the process.
He said: “By the time I turned round, the boar (no doubt thinking ‘that’s got rid of that swine’) had trotted back to join the rest of the group, which was melting back into the forest.”
“All my minor injuries were self-inflicted: the boar never made contact.”
“A visit to the doctor the next morning revealed no broken bones, but she put my hand in a pity-inducing splint to stabilize it while the bruising went down.”
Her Majesty’s ambassador said that he looks forward to returning to the Lainzer Tierpark as he “does not blame the animals in any way for charging towards me.”
Turner was fortunately not injured horribly but said the next time he would take “as standard equipment a first-aid kit” along with him.
Turner was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in the 2014 New Year Honours for his services to British interests in Ukraine and Turkey.
He has been the British ambassador to Austria since August 2016.
According to a hunting website quoted by Turner, boars are “even more dangerous” to hunt than bears, with “thick, razor-sharp tusks, and a razor-sharp mind”.
Last week a circus performer who was mauled by a lion that attacked him during a performance in front of screaming children in France begged for the predator not be put down.
Keeper Steve Loberot, 30, was seriously injured in the attack, which saw the 220kg beast lock its teeth around his throat and drag him around the big top.
After all this, the appointed ambassador would not allow this encounter from stopping him enjoy Vienna’s countryside saying: “…next time, I would take a flask of coffee and a bar of chocolate and, as standard equipment, a first-aid kit.”
Source: Telegraph UK