A butcher reportedly died while trying to slaughter a pig in Hong Kong last Friday.

The 61-year-old butcher was knocked to the ground by the struggling pig and stabbed with a 15-inch meat cleaver, according to city police.

According to CNN, the butcher had already shot the pig with an electric stun gun and was about to kill the animal when he regained consciousness and dropped it.

A colleague found the man unconscious with a wound on his left foot and a cleaver in his hand. He was taken to a hospital and later declared brought dead.

Hong Kong Police said that the cause of death is yet to be ascertained.

The butcher worked at the Sheung Shui slaughterhouse in Hong Kong’s northern suburbs, close to its border with mainland China.

Hong Kong’s labor department has reportedly launched an investigation.

It said it was “saddened by the death and extends its deepest sympathies to his family”.

“We will complete the investigation at the earliest to identify the cause of the accident, ascertain the responsibility of the duty holders and recommend remedial measures,” the department said.

“If there is any violation of work safety legislation, we will take action in accordance with the law.”



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