Shakira Says She Was Attacked by Wild Boars in Barcelona

Lead Photo: Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
Art by Stephany Torres for Remezcla
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Popstar Shakira and her 8-year-old son Milan found themselves in a scary situation recently while walking through a park in Barcelona. The two were victims of a random attack by a pair of wild boars.

The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer revealed what happened to her and her son on her Instagram stories section on Wednesday. Although the story is no longer available, she explained on video that the boars dragged her bag into the woods during the incident.

“Look at how two wild boars, which attacked me in the park, have left my bag,” Shakira said on the video as she held the tattered item. “They were taking my bag to the woods with my mobile phone in it. They’ve destroyed everything.”

She then turned to Milan and said, “Milan tell the truth. Say how your mummy stood up to the wild boar.”

According to the BBC, there has been an increase in wild boar aggression in recent years. There are approximately 10 million of them across Europe. In 2016, police in Spain received nearly 1,200 phone calls about the feral animals attacking family pets and causing traffic problems. Wild boars are known to be hostile and territorial in nature, so they likely didn’t appreciate Shakira and her son taking a stroll through their neighborhood.

It’s also likely that Shakira followed her own advice from her 2010 single “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa).” where she sang, “You’re a good soldier/Choosing your battles. Pick yourself up and dust yourself off/And back in the saddle.”

Or maybe she’ll use the experience as research if Disney ever makes a sequel to  2016’s Zootopia. In the Oscar-winning animated movie, Shakira lends her voice to a pop-star gazelle who encourages peace among predators and prey.

“We don’t know why these attacks keep happening, but it is irresponsible to label all predators as savages,” her character says. “We cannot let fear divide us.”