A WILD boar held up trains in Wishaw yesterday was misidentified as a pig. 

The "brute" was spotted by the train line at Wishaw, where services travel between Glasgow Central and Larkhall, shortly after 7.30pm on Thursday.

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It was initially identified as a pig with police and Network Rail teams trying to catch the "beast".

ScotRail tweeted: "There's a pig (yes, you read that right) on the line at Wishaw.

"Police and @NetworkRailSCOT are trying to capture it right now, so our Glasgow Central - Lanark services won't be calling at Wishaw for the moment."

The account later clarified they had been "advised that the beast involved is in fact a wild boar".

It meant services could not call at Wishaw during the time it was on the loose.

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Another Twitter user pointed out there is an abattoir near the track and station.

ScotRail's social media staff have been having fun with the incident on their social media, posting pictures of the character Pumbaa, from the iconic children's film the Lion King. 

ScotRail staff again incorrectly identified the animal, as Pumbaa is a warthog.