KYOTO--A wild boar ran riot at Heian Jingu shrine, the Kyoto Imperial Palace and Nijo Castle here Nov. 27.

The berserk beast panicked sightseers and sent them fleeing for safety at about noon.

"Boar alert!" spat a security guard of Heian Jingu shrine in the city’s Sakyo Ward in an emergency call at 11:55 a.m.

The frantic hog took a man in his late 50s from behind to knock him to the ground in front of Heian Jingu shrine, according to the prefectural police and Kyoto City Fire Department.

The man broke one of his arms.

Other people also suffered minor injuries, sources said.

“The animal was about 1 meter long and was injured on its nose,” said another man in his 50s who spotted the muscular mammal near Nijo Castle.

The dogged hog sprinted for about 3 kilometers through the main sanctuary of Heian Jingu shrine, galloped around the Kyoto Imperial Palace in Kamigyo Ward and also clocked a speedy sojourn at Nijo Castle in Nakagyo Ward.

The dramatic scenario came to a close when the boar dived into the moat surrounding Nijo Castle at 12:30 p.m.

This latest wild boar episode follows another of the decisive creature that suddenly appeared in a pedestrian-packed area in the middle of Kyoto on Oct. 1 and sped around furiously for an hour before being tackled.