Butcher dies after being knocked over by pig in Hong Kong

A butcher reportedly died while trying to slaughter a pig in Hong Kong last Friday. 

The 61-year-old butcher was knocked to the ground by the struggling pig and wounded by a 15-inch meat cleaver, according to city police.

The butcher had already shot the pig with an electric stun gun and was about to kill the animal when it regained consciousness and knocked him over, according to CNN.

A colleague found the man unconscious with a wound on his left foot and a cleaver in his hand. He was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.

Hong Kong police said the cause of death has not yet been determined.

The butcher worked in the Sheung Shui slaughterhouse on the northern outskirts of Hong Kong close to its border with mainland China.

The Labour department in Hong Kong has reportedly launched an investigation.

It said it was "saddened by the death and expresses its deepest sympathy to his family".

"We will complete the investigation as soon as possible to identify the cause of the accident, ascertain the liability of the duty holders and recommend improvement measures," the department said.

"We will take actions pursuant to the law if there is any violation of the work safety legislation."