Shakira can identify as a ‘wolf’, but she was no match for a pair of wild boars that attacked her and her family in Spain last September.
Yes, you read that right : boars. The Colombian singer, best known for his hits like “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Whenever, Wherever,” made headlines after sharing a series of viral stories describing the assault on Instagram. She claimed the wild boars not only loaded her but snatched her purse as she walked with her son Milan, 8, through a Barcelona park.
Shakira claimed that she was able to retrieve the bag after chasing and confronting the boars herself. Although the bag was left in tatters, Shakira and her son escaped the attack apparently unharmed. In an interview with this month Glamor United Kingdom, Shakira has opened up about the “assault” and shared some of the craziest details of her meeting with Mother Nature.
Why did the boars target Shakira?
In some ways, Shakira’s weirder-than-fiction account seems to have been ripped straight from Farm animal or a Hitchcock movie. She describes being “ambushed” by aggressive and oddly intelligent feral pigs while enjoying ice cream with her son on a park bench, “minding our own business.”
âI was like, ‘Oh my God! Oh my God!’ and scream, because they took it away, with my phone in it, my car keys, everything! exclaimed the “Girl Like Me” singer. “As if they could understand me!” And people were just watching and they were not doing anything!
Shakira admitted that the pigs were probably after her son’s sandwich, which she also packed in the purse. “So they took the sandwich and left and left my purse.” It was wild.
Are wildlife attacks on the increase?
Although Shakira’s story may seem far-fetched, the singer is, strangely, not the first victim of a boar attack in recent years. According to the BBC, Barcelona police have received 1,187 calls about destructive wild boars that wreaked havoc in the city in 2016, from skirmishes with dogs to traffic jams. Residents less fortunate than Shakira have also reported being violently attacked and even bitten.
Foraging animals have also appeared in other European cities like Rome, where they have reportedly become a campaign hot topic as local politicians accuse each other of letting infestations get out of hand.
There may also be an environmental reason for the growing attraction of feral pigs to large metropolitan areas. According to The Washington Post, Rome’s snowball problem with uncollected trash attracts hungry pigs from their greener natural habitats to the city streets. The European wild boar population has also increased in recent years, leading to increased clashes with humans.
What is Shakira doing these days?
After clarifying the details of the boar story, Shakira Charm the interview turned into a discussion about climate change. The singer and activist is increasingly using her platform to advocate for the environment, and she was recently nominated by Prince William to the jury for the Earthshot Prize, an environmental initiative led by the Duke of Cambridge.
âMy children were the reason why I wanted to register for [Earthshot]. Seeing them so worried, so concerned about the planet and how they can make it a better place has been so inspiring to me as a mother. As a parent, I want to make sure they live in a better world than the one I grew up in, âsaid the mother of two.
What do you think of Shakira’s crazy boar story? Is she exaggerating or is her encounter just one of the many human / animal interactions we will face as urban areas increasingly encroach on wildlife habitats? Let us know in the comments!