Incident comes as Rome prepares for wild boar cull.
A lake-side picnic near Rome to celebrate the end of school descended into chaos by the sudden arrival of a family of wild boar on Wednesday afternoon.
The incident occurred on the shores of Lago Albano, the lake below the pope's summer retreat at Castel Gandolfo, as students gathered to mark their last day of school.
The tusked animals, which ran around the picnic site before disappearing back into the undergrowth, sparked panic among the picnickers, some of whom screamed and fled, reports newspaper La Repubblica.
Famiglia di cinghiali interrompe il pic-nic degli studenti al lago di Albano, scoppia il panico. Cittadini divisi: "Mai toccare i cuccioli" [aggiornamento delle 20:07] https://t.co/hJAIKw7lJb
— Repubblica Roma (@rep_roma) June 8, 2022
Wild boar are increasingly making the news in Italy, particularly in Rome where a spate of 'anti-social' incidents involving the animals, coupled with a recent outbreak of swine fever, has prompted authorities to organise a cull.
Italian farming organisation Coldiretti estimates there are 2.3 million wild boar in Italy, with more than 20,000 of the animals living in the greater Rome area.
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