The herd of elephants that has traveled more than 500 kilometers and that has puzzled scientists in China

The herd of elephants that has traveled more than 500 kilometers and that has puzzled scientists in China

Nobody knows where they are going, but the truth is that they are generating more and more concern among scientists and zoologists: a herd of 15 elephants has been walking aimlessly through the fields of southern Mexico for more than 20 days, leaving behind devastated crops and damaged structures.

In mid-May, this herd of Asian elephants left the Xishuangbanna reserve, a Chinese region bordering Laos and Myanmar, and have traveled north for some 500 kilometers.

Despite the intervention of the authorities – with trucks, sirens and even food to incite them to return to the reserve-, the pachyderms have gone on their way.

“We have no way of knowing where they are going,” Chen Mingyong, a Yunnan University professor and specialist in studying wild elephants, told China’s state broadcaster CCTV.

“It is common for Asian elephants to migrate, but in the past that has been mainly to search for food within their habitat. An exodus to the north is quite rare, ”he added.

Most of the scientists who have been consulted on the subject point out that one of the possible reasons for this strange migration is the deterioration of their habitat within the same reserve.

Now the herd is located about 20 kilometers from the city of Kunming, where its inhabitants are concerned about the possible passage of the animals.

The elephants have already traveled more than 500 kilometers. (Getty Images).

The elephants have already traveled more than 500 kilometers.

The herd walks with three baby elephants. (Getty Images).

The herd walks with three baby elephants.

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