Complaints regarding mosquitoes and biting midges have been increasing with the heat and rain. We have asked Food and Environmental Hygiene Department to strengthen control operations near bus stops, as well as drainage channels along pavement and slopes. Do take your own prevention measures and apply mosquito repellent when you go outdoors.
In the morning of 12 June 2023, the street cleaner of the Binsey area, Ms Lau (柳女士), was knocked over by a truck whilst sweeping Consort Rise. Click here for the news report. The accident is still under investigation. We do understand that the truck did not have a permit to enter the area (restricted to vehicles under 5.5 tonnes).
As of today, she has yet to regain consciousness. She has undergone two surgeries and remains in ICU. Her family is waiting for her to wake up. Residents have contacted us offering assistance for her family. We have conveyed the heartwarming messages. Ms Lau’s husband is grateful with the support shown. He recounted that she has been working at Bisney Road/ Consort Rise area for over 30 years. We will keep residents informed on her progress and how we can help.
Check out the Chinese Sweet Gum (Liquidambar formosana Hance) trees and their festive red leaves along Victoria Road - between Baguio Villa and Sassoon Road.
During the last week of December 2022, AFCD caught 7 wild boars (including 4 small boars) along Victoria Road and Cyberport Road. Note: As of 31 December 2022 the feeding ban has been strengthened - click here for the leaflet.
Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) captured seven wild boars (1 big, 6 small) near 8 Sassoon Road last Thursday night (22 Sep 2022). Under their new policy, if boars are skittish and do not cause a nuisance, AFCD will not capture them. Boars which cause a nuisance freely roaming urban areas unafraid of humans, they will be killed. There is no longer a relocation programme. Therefore, do not feed the boars. You do more harm than good. Remove food sources when you see them.
Over the past month, residents reported beige streaks in East Lamma Channel commonly referred to as red tide. The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department’s water sample analysis on 22 July 2022 confirmed a bloom-forming species - the diatom genus pseudo - nitzschia calliantha - not often seen in Hong Kong waters. It is a potential producer of the neurotoxin domoic acid and causative organisms of amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP). Fortunately, no toxins were detected in the local cell cultures.
The red tide which appeared on 2 August 2022 was formed by the non-toxic Dactyliosolen phuketensis.
[Update on 30 Jan 2022]
We received a report from the Police and Government Laboratory with an update. It's been a year since 13 dogs fell ill and 8 dogs passed away within a short period (2021 report: link). The conclusion is that 'the deaths and sicknesses were not caused by any known unique drug, poison or toxin'.
[Update on 2 April 2021]
In a progress meeting with the investigating team from the Police, we learned that poisonous plants have been added to the list of possible suspects. Here is what we learned yesterday regarding the thorough investigation into the multiple suspected dog poisoning cases at Cyberport Waterfront Park this year.
Suspected poisoning in 2021 (as of 31 March 2021)
24 January 2021 - 1 dog passed away
7 February 2021 - 12 dogs (7 dogs passed away)
25 March 2021 - 1 dog passed away
Breathing difficulties, vomiting, cramp, high heartbeat rate and fever
Unlike other dogs who played in a larger area of the park, Jerry's movements were confined to a small area. No suspected bait was found however an amount of plant materials were found in the stomach.
大部分個案的狗隻曾於海濱公園不同位置玩樂，相反Jerry當日的活動範圍細小，該處未有發現毒餌。驗屍過程中發現 Jerry 的胃部內有一定數量的植物殘渣。
[Update on 26 March 2021]
New suspected dog poisoning
Jerry, a young male Dachshund, visited the waterfront park yesterday late afternoon wearing a mask most of the time except when playing fetch in the area between the Bel-Air houses and Cyberport 4. He showed symptoms of suspected poisoning last night after dinner including vomiting, shortage of breath and fever. He was taken to the vet and unfortunately passed away around 3am. Police and SPCA went to the park today for investigation. Cyberport has been notified. If you have information relating to the case, you may contact the Western District at 3660 6611 or 9824 1367 (24 hours).
昨日下午接近黃昏時段，一隻年輕雄性臘腸狗 Jerry 於海濱公園散步。除在貝沙灣獨立屋與數碼港4座之間的草地玩耍外，其餘時間均有戴上狗口罩。Jerry 回家進食晚餐後出現懷疑中毒症狀，包括嘔吐、氣促及發燒，同日晚上到獸醫求診並留院，最終於凌晨3時左右不幸過身。警察及愛護動物協會今日分別到現場進行調查，數碼港亦已得悉事件。如有任何與案件相關的資料提供，請聯絡西區警署：3660 6611 / 9824 1367 (24小時)。
[Update on 18 March 2021]
Following the tragic incidents earlier this year, Cyberport has stepped up various measures, including the installation of 13 temporary CCTVs, daily search by their security team, as well as first aid and dog behaviour training for their park staff.
This week we have again written to the Government Laboratory and the Police asking for an update on the toxicology and chemical analysis. We also asked for advice on how to deal with food left out for animals in and near the park.
[Update on 22 Feb 2021]
Cyberport has provided information and samples of pesticides normally used to the Police, and the management has reviewed their records of dead stray animals and birds found in the park. There has been no abnormal pattern.
We have written to the Government Laboratory urging for expeditious testing of all the various materials collected expressing the anxiety in the community.
In the meantime, Cyberport has designated park wardens, enhanced cleansing and is putting up additional notices around the park entrances. We also thank the residents who have committed funds to the SPCA reward scheme. The reward for information leading to conviction of person(s) who left poisoned bait in Cyberport Waterfront Park leading to the death of 6 dogs and many more injured, is now HK$422,000.
[Update on 16 Feb 2021]
The SPCA reward has gone up from $100,000 to $422,000. Please click here for their reward notice.
愛護動物協會的懸紅已由＄100,000 增加至 ＄422,000。請按連結瀏覽他們的懸賞通告。
[Update on 11 Feb 2021]
In an online meeting which I chaired yesterday, the Police, Cyberport management, Bel-Air management and representatives of two park user groups discussed the latest situation and actions:
[8 February 2021]
Police is investigating what appears to be poisoning cases. Yesterday we received news that one dog died following a park visit. We have since received information that possibly three more dogs perished. Another dog is recuperating as the handler was able to retrieve apparent spiked luncheon meat picked up in the park before it was swallowed. We urge all dog owners and handlers to be on the highest alert. Look for and remove any and all edible items (check edges of bushes). Keep an eye out for suspicious items and behaviour. Do-gooders who leave food for stray animals should stop doing so. We are communicating with SPCA, Cyberport and Police on investigations and measures.
Following complains of excessive aircraft noise during early morning hours, we wrote to the Civil Aviation Department (CAD). We received a detailed response (link). I suspect that older aircraft laid on to cope with the increase in air freight had an impact for Pok Fu Lam. While air traffic increased in the course of last year, now less so as Covid risks increased during the winter season. Noise is the uncomfortable sign of normality returning.