01:02 GMT14 June 2021
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    Parishioners of one of Poland’s churches found themselves in a potentially dangerous situation last weekend when a wild animal tore through their place of worship leaving a trail of destruction in his wake.

    A wild boar crashed a Sunday mass in a church in the Polish city of Ruda Slaska as the animal smashed through a glass door at the entrance and charged through the building.

    The incident occurred several minutes after the beginning of the mass and caused panic among those in attendance.

    "Fortunately, they managed to quickly scare the boar away, and no one got injured," a police official said, adding that the animal smashed two vases and broke an effigy of Jesus Christ during its rampage.

    According to a local media outlet, the animal was likely searching for food, and the authorities promise to deal with this issue as sightings of wild boars entering the city limits while foraging are becoming more and more common.

    The interior of a church where the incident took place
    The interior of a church where the incident took place

    A month earlier another Polish boar also made headlines in local media after the creature went on a foraging expedition across local farms.

    The animal, a tamed boar named Chrumek, escaped from his owner Pawel Kowalski, a forest scientist and resident of the town of Kolo. A week later the boar was found lying in a drunken stupor by a local farmer  after it drank a barrel of alcoholic ferment that was going to be used to make wine.

    The farmer quickly got in touch with Kowalski and the latter arrived and collected his adventurous pet.


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