The herd of 15 elephants came from a wildlife sanctuary in the mountains of southwestern Yunnan province and was captured by security cameras at night as they trotted down urban streets. After that, dozens of drones followed their journey.
The animals trended on China’s Weibo for days on end. The photo of the group sleeping attracted 25,000 posts and 200 million views on the evening of June 7.
Twitter and YouTube are also flooded with clips of the elephants’ various antics, including two cubs slipping into an irrigation ditch and being helped out by elderly members of the herd. They have also raided farms to steal food and water, visited a car dealership, and even attended a nursing home.
Although the herd of elephants did not injure people or pets, reports of crop damage amounted to more than $1 million. The elephants are currently settled in Kunming, Yunnan province, southern China. Here, more than 410 emergency responders and police, along with many vehicles, 14 drones are deployed to monitor them.
Initially, the herd had 16 elephants, but then two returned home and a baby elephant was born during the wanderings. According to official reports, the herd currently has 6 females, 3 adult males, 3 baby elephants and 3 newborn baby elephants.
What made the elephants make this epic journey remains a mystery. Some people think that the elephants are looking for food, but others speculate that the leader of the herd is lost.
According to Nilanga Jayasinghe, Asian species conservation manager at the World Wildlife Fund, Asian elephants are very loyal to their habitat, and unless there is disturbance or depletion of resources, they move out. . She believes the elephants have left their homes because their habitat has been greatly lost due to agriculture and forest conversion over the past few decades.
(According to Standard)