A few weeks ago, the family faced unusual neighbors: the wild boar trio.
Wild boars are now regularly wandering along the road leading to the Walsh apartment complex, in a sunny position near adjacent hiking trails, and hang on the local playground.
"They're great and friendly," says Walsh, but adds that she always watches her when she has twins.
Meetings like becoming a part of Hong Kong's city life.
According to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation (AFCD), the number of wild boar monitoring and inconvenience reports has more than doubled over the last five years
Jungle in a Specific City
The major part of Hong Kong's development is limited to coastal strips
Almost all of Hong Kong's development is compressed into a narrow strip of useful land around its perimeter. The people living here are just a short step from the concrete jungle to the subtropical rainforests that thrive on hard, rocky inner hills.
As a result, snakes, monkeys and mumps are observed in residential areas.
While no one knows how many boars are in Hong Kong, the AFCD spokesman said the planned survey was.
Obviously, boys who were previously lonely and secretive are beginning to lose people's fear.
Rachel Duffell is a runner who often faces boars on paths near her home in the Bay of Quarry, an urban area on Hong Kong Island.
When She started working in Hong Kong, she rarely encountered boars. If she does, they would leave, but now, "even if I hook up and cry, they often come to me and I'm the one who turns and goes in the opposite direction," she says. "My fear is obviously greater than that."
Are boars dangerous?
According to AFCD, from 2014 Only 10 wild boars were injured, but half of these occurred last year.
Cows have sharp teeth, and big men have vicious hands.
But animals are usually not aggressive, says Howard Wong, Director of the Veterinary School of the University of Hong Kong. "But, like many wild animals, if you turn around, they will react," he adds. "And you really want to avoid a mother with piglets."
If the wild boar feels threatening, he will order, says Wong, using his head as a percussion ramp.
Why do boars come to town?
Trash bins are lure. Boars cut them down to find food, leave debris on the sidewalks.
But the main cause of urban invasion is Wong that "good people feed them".
He believes this reflects cultural change. As animal welfare has become more prominent in Hong Kong, people are redefined as animal lovers.
Walsh says he has seen local workers feeding three chickens living near their apartment complex.
"The cows with other Hong Kong wildlife were squeezed."
Boar Crossing Strategies
The Government has considered some troublesome solutions to the problem of boars.
One legislator has proposed that natural predators be released into the wild, but, as AFCD points out, what is large enough to kill wild boar – such as a lion or tiger – threatens people.
Another officer told us how to move bristles to uninhabited islands, but this is not practical because they are good swimmers, according to AFCD
. Two civil hunting teams were previously authorized to shoot wild boars, but in 2017 they were fired. This has been halted due to animal welfare concerns and public safety.
Instead, the AFCD launched a pilot program to capture "harmful feral pigs" and transfer them to remote areas.
Boars are finely cut, and some get a collar with GPS tracking. Mature women are injected with contraceptives for about five years, and the possibility of surgical sterilization is being investigated.
The government is also strengthening its public education campaigns and commissioning studies on wild boars without wild boars.
Since the Chinese pig year begins this week, Hong Kong hopes that its pig population will not be an unrestrained problem in the next 12 months.