15 wild Asian elephants surprise residents on county roads after 400-km march northward
Residents in a county in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province got a big surprise, as 15 wild Asian elephants suddenly appeared in their neighborhood on Thursday night. They were warned not to get close to or tease the animals to avoid being attacked.
The elephants walked along a street under the dim road lights, with their huge bodies almost blocking the whole street, a video clip People’s Daily uploaded on Weibo showed on Friday. The clip got more than 2.5 million views within five hours.
A local resident surnamed Jia, who owns a tire shop on Xi’e Road in Eshan county of Yuxi in Yunnan, told the Global Times on Friday that he saw the elephants from his window.
“It was around 10 pm and I was still in my shop,” Jia recalled. “I heard some noise on the street, and I looked out – wow, elephants!”
Though a bit scared, Jia soon ran to the street to take a closer look at the elephants, a highly uncommon sight in residential areas. “I was so curious; the nearest elephant was only a few meters away from me,” he said to the Global Times by phone.