A herd of 15 elephants is reportedly making its way towards a major city in China as residents and officials track the situation.
The elephants walked 300 miles from a nature reserve. Officials said they are not sure why the group left the reserve close to the city of Pu’er last year. The Pu’er area is reportedly known for cultivating tea. The group was originally composed of 16 animals, but the Chinese government said two went back home and a baby was born during the trek, according to the Associated Press.
The outlet reported that the group was in Yuxi on Wednesday, which is approximately 12 miles from Kunming, a city of 7 million citizens, the official Xinhua News Agency stated. “It said images taken by drones used to track the herd show six female and three male adults, three juveniles and three calves,” per the AP.
Chen Mingyong, an expert on Asian elephants was cited by the Xinhua News Agency, saying