A nude sunbather was filmed chasing after a wild boar who stole his laptop, while he was relaxing at a Berlin lake. In a video that has now gone viral, the man was seen running after the boar at the Teufelssee, a popular spot for nude sunbathing.
Adele Landauer, a Berlin-based life coach who took the photos, shared them on her Instagram account on Friday.
"Yesterday at the lake in Berlin I saw a real hero," she wrote. "A female wild boar with two babies came out of the forest in order to search for food … In Berlin we are free people — we love to bathe in the sun and lake like we are born."
"Many of us were scared but the wild boars seemed to be peaceful," she added, going on to describe the man's ordeal when the boars "found this yellow bag and decided to take it away."
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The owner of the bag immediately jumped up to chase the boars, as his laptop was inside. "Every one of us adored him, how focused he stayed, and when he came back with his yellow bag in hand we all clapped and congratulated him for his success," Landauer wrote. "This happens when you're focused on your goals."
"This must be the best thing on the internet today," one Twitter user wrote.
"I was just sent the most joyful picture of all time," another user tweeted.
Meanwhile, Landauer also uploaded the photos on her Facebook page in a post which was shared over 13,000 times by Friday afternoon. Landauer said that she had obtained permission from the man to post the photos, and that he laughed out loud when she showed them to him.
"If people bring food to the lake, the animals can smell it from as far as 1,000 meters away," said Derk Ehlert of the Berlin Senate Department for the Environment. The wild boars are probably used to eating food in plastic bags, said Ehlert.
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Because many people leave their leftovers behind, boars, along with foxes, raccoons and badgers often come to forage in the evenings. In summer, he added, such encounters with animals before nightfall are not unlikely, as more people frequent the lakes during periods of warmer weather.
The Berlin official added just one request to dwellers of the German capital: "Please don't leave your garbage or food by the water or forest."
lc/dr (dpa, AFP)