China's migrating elephants move southeast

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Screen grab from drone video shows the Asian elephants in Dalongtan Township, Eshan County of Yuxi City, southwest China's Yunnan Province on June 22, 2021. (Xinhua)

The herd of 14 wild Asian elephants roaming southwest China's Yunnan Province has moved 10.5 km in the southeastern direction, authorities said.

The elephants entered Longwu Town in Honghe Hani and Yi Autonomous Prefecture at 8:20 p.m. Friday and are safe, according to the headquarters in charge of monitoring their migration.

The male elephant that broke away from the herd was captured and sent back to its forest home in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture on Wednesday. It is in a good condition.

On Saturday, authorities dispatched 346 emergency and police staff, deployed dozens of vehicles and 23 drones and evacuated 2,259 local residents. The authorities also fed two tonnes of food to the elephants.

The herd of 15 wandering wild Asian elephants traveled about 500 km north from its forest home in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, before reaching the provincial capital Kunming on June 2.

The male elephant strayed from the herd on June 6, and moved around in the cities of Kunming, Anning and Yuxi, with an activity area of 140 square km and traversing a distance of 190 km. The animals were mainly fed by locals or foraged in villages.

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