/ 11 August 2021

Elephant walkabout heads for home


Our travel plans are kaput but not those of 14 elephants in China who have captivated the nation as they ate, barged, and napped their way along a 500km path away from their reserve. Setting off in March last year, the pack of dumbos could have been in search of food, water and shelter, scientists say. Whatever it was, it was highly unusual behaviour that has required the resources of 25,000 police officers to keep them and locals safe during the 17-month cross-country journey. Now, 150,000 people have been evacuated to make way for their journey home. There are 300 elephants in China, making them a highly protected species. That’s why experts have been lingering in the shadows with drones, and millions of people have tuned in to watch their antics. Travel well, friends…

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