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A pig allegedly killed a butcher while he was trying to slaughter the pig in Hong Kong on Friday, Jan. 20.

The pig had been shot with an electric stun gun before it was about to be slaughtered in the Sheung Shui Slaughterhouse in Hong Kong on Friday, Jan. 20. The slaughterhouse is situated in Hong Kong's northern outskirts close to its border with mainland China. However, before it was to be slaughtered, the pig suddenly woke up, regained consciousness, and pounced on the 61-year-old butcher, identified as Cai, who was about to butcher the pig, CNN reported.

The 61-year-old butcher was knocked to the ground by the struggling pig. When the pig pounced on him, the man dropped his 15-inch meat cleaver onto his own foot and sustained a wound from the meat cleaver.

Another worker found the butcher in the slaughterhouse with the cleaver in his hand and his left foot bleeding profusely from the wound. He was immediately rushed by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment. However, despite the efforts, the man was pronounced dead on arrival, New York Post reported.

Hong Kong’s Labor Department revealed that they are investigating the fatal work accident.

The cause of death has yet to be officially determined. Meanwhile, details regarding what happened to the apparent killer pig have not been released.

“The Labour Department is saddened by the death of the person and expresses its deepest sympathy to his family,” the department said.

“We will complete the investigation as soon as possible to identify the cause of the accident, ascertain the liability of the duty holders and recommend improvement measures. We will take actions pursuant to the law if there is any violation of the work safety legislation,” a department spokesman said.

Following the incident, the city’s Food and Environmental Hygiene Department — which manages slaughterhouses — said it was “very concerned about the work accident.”

“The department expressed its deepest condolences to the deceased’s family and has requested the contractor to provide all necessary assistance to his family,” the department said.

They also noted that “the slaughtering service remains normal and the supply of fresh meat is not affected."

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