China's runaway elephants take a nap

The footage also showed infrared video of the herd moving about and grazing in Yunnan province's Yimen County.

The herd consisted of 15 elephants initially, but one of them has left, straying 12 kilometres away from the main herd, according to China's state media.

The herd was in Yimen County on Thursday (June 10), after they entered and left Yunnan's capital city of Kunming, defying attempts to redirect them after a journey of several hundred kilometres north.

While it is unclear why the elephants are moving north, the Xinhua report said a decline in edible plants in forest habitats has put pressure on the animals, whose numbers have grown in Yunnan in recent decades.

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