Wild Elephants Wander Into Southwest China Village

Created: 2013-06-21 18:00 EST

Category: World > Asia Pacific
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Six wild elephants recently wandered into a village in Mengla County in southwest China's Yunnan Province, surprizing villagers.

The villagers called local police at 12:30 on Wednesday, telling them that wild elephants had appeared all around the village and that one of the young elephant's legs was injured.

[Zhang Yong, Head of Sub-Police Station, Xishuangbanna]: (Chinese, male)

"After the call, I immediately organized the police and rushed to the spot. We brought the villagers to a safe area, and sent officers to follow and watch over the elephants." 

[Villager]: (Chinese, female)

"I came here after 12:00, only to see six elephants coming out from the rubber plantation."

According to villagers, this herd of elephants live on the nearby mountains and often come down to search for food. 

They may not have gone back up the mountain to wait for the baby elephant with a hurt leg.

The elephants are still hanging around near the village.