Beijing, June 7, 2021: Long lines of trucks have lined streets in southwestern China to attempt to obstruct the way of 15 wild elephants that have caused destruction on the edges of a city of millions.
The elephants meandered 500 kilometers north from their normal territory – the Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve in Yunnan region – and have stepped through country networks close to the provincial capital Kunming, home to 8,000,000 people.
State telecaster CCTV on Sunday showed a long escort of trucks left along a little field street, lined on the two sides by rich green foliage, in a bid to get the group far from densely populated regions.
“We are here to hinder the elephants, traffic cops said they need a few trucks. However long I’m required, I will remain here,” one driver told press. Authorities have also activated large number of individuals to follow the group’s developments with robots and infrared cameras.
CCTV showed the elephants meandering nonchalantly into residents’ terraces over the course of the weekend , leaving leveled trees and crumpled carport entryways afterward. “The herd was meandering in the town throughout the day, we came out and saw an elephant around three meters tall. It truly frightened us,” one apprehensive resident told CCTV.
State TV showed food and bowls scattered on the floor of one kitchen after an elephant had stomped on through.
Since mid-April, the elephants have destroyed around 56 hectares of crops, causing an expected 6.8 million yuan ($1.07 million) in loses, CCTV said. It isn’t clear precisely why they relocated from their own original habitat.
Chinese social media users have been captivated by the journey and have conjectured on potential causes. One user on on the Twitter-like Weibo stage posted a screen capture of a few news stories about rainforest annihilation in the elephants’ territory, stating: “I hope authorities can give a response.” It got in excess of 31,000 likes since it was posted Sunday.
“The media consistently center around the ‘adorable’ part of the elephants’ movement, which I find very disgusting,” read a comment that got more than 6,000 likes.
Typically animals migrate move when there’s insufficient food to eat. The wild elephant populace in southwestern Yunnan is around 300, up from 193 during the 1980s, reported authority news organization Xinhua.
In any case, there have been more reports of such elephants meandering into towns and villages with crops as of late, with the plants they ordinarily eat continuously replaced by non-consumable varieties as forests grow, said nearby authorities.
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