Only in Germany: Wild boar steals laptop from naked Berlin sunbather

Germany is known for its naked sunbathing spots. But one man got more than he bargained for when a wild boar stole his bag with his laptop inside.

Only in Germany: Wild boar steals laptop from naked Berlin sunbather
Archive photo shows a wild boar in Berlin. Photo: DPA

There are plenty of spots at beaches and lakes where people are allowed to swim or sunbathe without any clothes on as part of Germany's Freikörperkultur (FKK), or free body culture.

And Berlin is notorious for having a problem with large numbers of wild boars in some parts of the city.

Earlier this week these two things came together spectacularly: a man, who was enjoying the sunshine in his birthday suit at Teufelssee, a lake in the west of Berlin, ended up chasing a boar that had stolen his bag containing his laptop inside.

Adele Landauer, also a bathing guest at Teufelssee, shared the pictures on social media with the consent of the man.

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She included the caption: “Nature strikes back! Wild boar hunt at Teufelssee!” In the comments she revealed how the story ended. The man “made some noise, then the sow dropped the bag”.

Here at The Local, we feel this bizarre situation could have only happened in Germany and that's why we love living here. 

All respekt to the man who ended up on a wild boar chase – and we're glad there was a happy ending. But we have one question: what did the boar want to do with the laptop?


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Climate crisis: The Italian cities worst affected by flooding and heatwaves

The climate crisis is causing serious problems for Italy's biggest cities and extreme weather events are going to become more frequent, according to a new report.

Climate crisis: The Italian cities worst affected by flooding and heatwaves
A file photo from November 12th, 2019 shows flooding during an exceptionally high 'acqua alta' in Venice.Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

Anyone who was in Italy throughout this year’s long, hot summer may suspect that heatwaves are becoming a more frequent occurrence.

And residents of the lagoon city of Venice will no doubt be able to attest to the devastating impact of serious floods, as well as to the fact that such events appear to be becoming increasingly frequent.

In fact, a new study by the Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) has confirmed that the incidence rate of both heatwaves and floods in Italy has increased significantly – and is only expected to keep rising.

READ ALSO: From Venice to Mont Blanc, how is the climate crisis affecting Italy?

The report stated that average temperatures have risen overall in the last 30 years and continue to rise in all cities.

“Risks associated with climate change affect all Italian regions and their economic sectors,” the study’s authors stated. “Despite contrasts, with different areas being affected in different ways, there are no regions that can be considered immune from climate risks.”

The report found that the southern city of Naples had experienced the biggest increase in the frequency and severity of heatwaves.

Heatwaves fuelled the most destructive fire season to date in Italy this summer Photo: Nicolas TUCAT/AFP

The southern city has in recent years reported an average of 50 more intensely hot days per year than it did at the beginning of the century.

The same figure for Milan was +30 days, Turin +29 and Rome +28. 

Although extreme weather events have always existed and Italy is no stranger to intense heat, numerous studies have found that the climate crisis is making heatwaves more frequent and more dangerous.

Meanwhile, in Venice, over the last 150 years the relative water level of the city has risen by more than 30 centimeters, and the critical threshold has been exceeded 40 times in the last 10 years, the CMCC found..

The report also warned that the city of Bologna could expect to see an increase in the intensity and frequency of flooding in the future.

READ ALSO: Floods in Italy: What to do when there’s a weather warning

It added that “all scenarios” showed an increased risk of heatwaves and urban flooding in the coming years.

In 2019, Rome was found to be the city in Europe most at risk of flooding, according to water monitoring authorities.

“There are parts of Rome that can’t withstand a heavy downpour,” said the Central Apennines District Basin Authority.

Rome’s soft soil and famous hills make it naturally vulnerable to erosion and mudslides, while the authority said poorly maintained sewers, waste dumping and vegetation blocking the course of the Tiber and Aniene rivers were contributing to the flood risk.

Previous studies have also found that Rome suffered the highest number of extreme weather events overall in recent years.