Two Thessalian hunters were in hospital yesterday with tusk gashes in their nether parts after being routed by a wild boar they thought they had shot dead. Physical education teacher Vassilis Papamanolis, 41, and builder Dimitris Matziokas, 62, both from villages around Tyrnavos, near Larissa in northern Thessaly, set off on a boar-hunting expedition in the area with a group of friends on Wednesday. Eventually, they sighted, shot and wounded a large animal which collapsed in a clump of bushes. But when Papamanolis and Madziokas went to claim their kill, the boar charged and routed them, gashing them in the legs and backside before pursuing them into a ravine. Their friends called for help, and the two were finally rescued by the fire brigade’s elite EMAK unit. The boar escaped.