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Wild boar wreck World War II cemetery in Berlin

Damaged graveyard
Image caption The damage will cost £25,000 to repair

Wild boar have caused extensive damage to a cemetery in the German capital Berlin for British and Commonwealth servicemen killed in World War II.

The animals made their way into the cemetery from nearby forests and destroyed turf, causing £25,000-worth of damage.

It is the second time in six months the animals have damaged the cemetery in the Charlottenburg district.

The authorities are discussing how to tackle the problem.

They are unable to shoot the boar because of the cemetery's proximity to a nearby road.

There is also the risk of bullets ricocheting off gravestones and causing injury.

The head gardener at the cemetery says he will not be able to restore the turf until the spring.

'Beware the boar'

The pack of boar broke through a perimeter fence to gain entry.

After the first incident the Commonwealth War Graves Commission put up a sign in English saying: "Warning, beware of the wild boar."

A spokesman said one hectare of ground there now has to be levelled.

The cemetery, in the Charlottenburg area of the German capital, has 3,580 graves.

Image caption Wild boar roam across much of Europe

It is inhabited by large numbers of grubs, which boars love to eat. Locals also feed the animals from their cars.

Some 80% of those buried in the graveyard were aircrew killed in bombing raids over Germany.

The remainder were prisoners of war who died during the conflict.

Wild boar can be found over much of central and western Europe and can weigh more than 100kg (15.7 stone).

Males have long tusks which they use to forage for roots and tubers in the earth.

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