The Italian Almanac

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Boar vs. Scooter

A man was seriously injured in Tuscany when he was knocked off his scooter by a wild boar while riding down a country road. The victim, 40, was placed in an induced coma to prevent brain damage from the head wounds he suffered after the animal charged out of the woods and slammed into his scooter.

Doctors said he was on the little-travelled road for nearly three quarters of an hour before a motorist passed by and called the authorities.They said he probably would have been killed had he not been wearing a helmet.

Wild boars in Italy usually weigh between 50 to 90 kg, or as much as an adult human being, but specimens shot in Tuscany have been recorded to weigh as much as 150 kg (331 lbs). They are compact, muscular creatures who rely on their girth, low-center of gravity and sharp tusks to defend themselves.

While a cornered boar can be dangerous and even lethal, experts say they are far more docile than their fearsome reputation suggests. They have, however, been blamed for road accidents in the past. In July 2008, a wild boar ran onto a motorway near Florence causing a crash in which a woman suffered minor injuries.