The elephants of a wandering herd drove down paved roads and stuck their trunks through windows as they approached a southwestern Chinese city, and authorities rushed to protect both the animals and the population.
The reason why 15 elephants they make the long haul, which has been documented and monitored by land and air with a dozen drones, it is unclear.
The authorities have asked residents of the areas through which they have passed to stay at home and they are blocking roads with construction material as they seek to attract the animals with food.
Elephants crossing a city at night.
The herd has already traveled 500 kilometers from a nature reserve in the mountains of the southwest of the province. In the images that show them wandering at night through fields of crops, villages and paved streets of urban areas they seem healthy.
An aerial view of the 15 elephants that have already covered 500 kilometers (AP).
No one knows where they go
One city on its route, Yuxi, deployed hundreds of trucks along a highway to discourage them from approaching, it reported. Beijing News. The drivers ate and slept inside their vehicles for days, even when they heard how they moved at nightfall, the newspaper explained in a video posted online.
On Tuesday they approached a nursing home and looked around sticking his tubes inside some of the rooms, which caused one of the residents to hide under the bed, said his colleagues in an interview with the online channel Jimu News.
The elephants reached the Jinning district on Wednesday night, on the edge of the city of Kunming, the capital of Yunnan province and where seven million people livethe official Chinese news agency reported on Thursday, Xinhua.
During the journey, which takes 6 months, a baby was born (AP).
The district government issued a notice urging residents not to leave corn or other foods that may attract them in their yards and to avoid contact.
It was “forbidden to go around and gawk at elephants” or disturb them with firecrackers or other devices, the notice added.
Two came back and a baby was born on the fly
The group was originally composed of 16 animals but, according to the government, two returned to the reserve and a calf was born on the way. The herd is made up of six females and three adult males, three young and three young, according to official data.
Elephants cross cities and you don’t know where they want to go.
No injuries have been reported, but some information pointed out that the elephants have caused damage or destruction to crops worth more than a million dollars.
For the moment it is unclear how and when they will return to the reserve.
Elephants are the largest land animals in Asia and can weigh up to five tons.