A wild elephant suddenly appeared on the streets in the village of Mangai in Jinghong, Yunnan province, South west China. It came to a restaurant and looked for food. The owner was terrified and ran to the second floor to avoid the unwelcome guest.
The elephant used its trunk to swing while peeking through the door of the restaurant after attacking. People found this elephant came from a herd which had been staying in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture since last Wednesday. Some witnesses saw it trudged slowly along some closed shops. After that, the locals used a torch to lead the elephant out of the village and back to its herd. There weren’t any injuries in the incident.
However, this is not the first elephant escapes from Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture. According to the provincial forestry bureau cited by Xinhua, wild elephants have caused 32 deaths and 159 injuries from 2011 to 2017.
In March, an angry Asian elephant caused chaos in the streets near Meng’a Town, it also destroyed nine vehicles and damaged houses. Forestry officials said that it had run out of the herd because it couldn’t find a female to mate. On April 25, a 37-year-old geologist was killed after a wild elephant attacked him on a dirt road in Jinghong city. Since 2014, Yunnan has purchased commercial insurance for residents of the province. The government pays the premiums and insurance companies compensate residents if wild animals attack them.
About 300 of Asian elephants live in Xishuangbanna, Pu’er and Lincang in Yunnan province now. In the 1990s, only about 180 wild Asian elephants were living in China, but now the population is estimated to exceed 300. Population growth and the development narrow the habitats for wild elephants and cause them to stray into farmlands and human habitats for food.