Man Encounters 'Dangerous' Creature in Apartment Complex Parking Lot: Video

A video that shows one Ohio man's surprise encounter with a "dangerous" animal in his apartment complex's parking lot has gone viral.

The video was posted to TikTok on Thursday by Darius Gaskin, who wrote: "I'm moving." It has received more than 400,000 views and thousands of comments, many of which identified the "scary" animal as an invasive species found throughout the United States.

In the video, Gaskin drives slowly through his complex's parking lot in an attempt to get a closer look at the animal, which can be seen standing near a parked car.

"Sorry, but what is that?" Gaskin asked. "Is that a dog?"

As Gaskin drives closer to the animal, the animal looks at Gaskin and then disappears behind a giant wall.

"This is actually so scary," said Gaskin, who at this point, is still not sure what it is he's seen.

After a few moments, two animals walk out from behind the wall, revealing themselves to be some kind of feral swine.

"That is not a dog," Gaskin noted. "What are those? Is that a wild pig?"

Some commenters asserted that the animals Gaskin spotted were"Javelinas"—mammals found in the southwestern states that resemble wild boar, according to the Desert Museum. However, others pointed out that it was more than likely a wild boar.

"Baby those are WILD BOAR," wrote missupreme.

According to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, feral swine—"a combination of Eurasian wild boar and escaped or un-kept domestic swine"—were introduced to the U.S. in 1539. They now inhabit 35 states and cause more than $1 billion dollars in damages each year.

There is no official population estimate for feral swine in the state of Ohio; however, breeding populations are known to exist in at least 13 Ohio counties, said the Ohio State University.

Feral swine do pose "great risks" to human health and safety, explained the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), noting that these pigs will sometimes attack people. In 2019, for example, a wild hog was spotted chasing two young girls near a bus stop in Florida. A wildlife trapper was called to the scene to secure the hog but was mauled in the process.

And in December, a woman in Hawaii dodged a wild boar attack while surfing.

Despite how dangerous these creatures can be, some of Gaskin's viewers took the opportunity to make jokes about his feral swine sighting.

"It's Pumbaa," wrote star.

"It means no worries, for the rest of your days," added The Story of Asia.

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A video that shows one Ohio man’s surprise encounter with a “dangerous” animal in his apartment complex’s parking lot has gone viral. JMrocek/istock