- Shakira said on her Instagram Story that she was “attacked” by wild boars in a park in Barcelona.
- The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer said the boars were trying to steal her handbag.
- Shakira showed how her handbag was damaged and said that her son was with her during the incident.
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Shakira said that she was attacked by wild boars earlier this week whilst she was walking in a park in Barcelona with her son.
The Colombian singer, best known for her hits “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Waka Waka,” shared the details of the incident in a series of Instagram story videos that showed her damaged, muddy handbag.
In the video, she said in Spanish (via BBC): “Look at how two wild boars which attacked me in the park have left my bag. They were taking my bag to the woods with my mobile phone in it. They’ve destroyed everything.”
The “Hips Don’t Lie” then turned her phone camera to her eight-year-old son, Milan Piqué to get him to support her protests.
“Milan tell the truth. Say how your mummy stood up to the wild boar,” she said.
Insider has reached out to representatives for Shakira for further comment.
According to the BBC, aggressive hogs have become a large problem in Barcelona in recent years. The BBC reported that in 2016, the Spanish police received 1,187 phone calls about wild hogs attacking dogs and cat-feeders, holding up traffic and running into cars.
In 2019, The Guardian reported that to get control of the problem, Barcelona hired a team of veterinary scientists from the Autonomous University of Barcelona that targeted female and young boars rather than adult males and accompanied police on late-night calls. The Guardian reported that this method has led to boar-human clashes falling by more than a half.
This is also not the first time Shakira has been attacked by an animal. In a blog post in 2012, the “Waka Waka” singer said she was saved by her brother after a sea lion tried to bite her as she was trying to take a picture with her phone.