Wild "Sober" Elephants Break Into Village, Searching for Food in Southwest China

While everyone else is busy with social distancing, wild elephants are after those sweet sugar canes.
Derya Ozdemir
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These are challenging times, and we are definitely in need of uplifting content that will ease our hearts. The viral-news of a herd of elephants breaking into a village in Yunnan province in search of food, and getting so drunk that they fall asleep near a tea garden might be what we all need; however, sadly, it is a little bit far from the truth.  

These lovely photos were posted on the internet, numerous people claiming they were drunk elephants in Yunnan, China. However, extensive research showed that these are not drunk elephants, and they weren't ravaging the town either. But they did help us to get our hands on a recent issue where 14 elephants wandered into a Chinese village. 


According to BJ News, Erhai Country Party Committee's Publicity Department released the news of 14 elephants wandering into an area under the jurisdiction of Miao Town on the morning of March 9. On the evening of March 11, the elephants entered the village houses and damaged the villagers' simple houses and sugar canes without causing any serious casualties.

Wild "Sober" Elephants Break Into Village, Searching for Food in Southwest China
Source: Erhai Country Party Committee's Publicity Department

The same group of wild elephants visited another farm on March 14, causing damage to solar energy, corns, rice, doors, and windows.

Wild "Sober" Elephants Break Into Village, Searching for Food in Southwest China
Source: Erhai Country Party Committee's Publicity Department

Wild elephants are the largest animals in the Asian continent, and from time to time, such events can occur. In the past two years, it is reported that the number of wild elephants in Xishuangbanna has increased greatly. In case of an event like this, the government releases the location information of the elephants and monitors them with drones. The village leaders try to deflect the elephants without any casualties.

With the sugarcane harvest time nearing, more cases of elephants entering the villages are expected to occur. 

So, yes, this news is bordering on the fake-side; however, the sweetness of the pictures warm our hearts, nonetheless. The sight of two elephants hugging each other with their trunks is bordering on a Disney-level of cuteness, but we shouldn't forget that these animals are coming to the villages for a reason. We've breached their habitat, and this has made finding food harder for them. Elephants ravaging village homes is a result of deforestation and the loss of natural habitat due to excessive agriculture.

On the bright side, China is trying to make things better. Foundations are initiating the reconstruction of elephant habitats and food sources. They are planning to transform 2,063 acres of elephant habitats, construct 5 artificial ponds, and plant 768 acres of plants that elephants love, such as corn, sugarcane, bamboo, and bananas. Hopefully, the new developments will help solve the conflicts between humans and poor, hungry elephants.


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