Herd of wandering elephants spotted sleeping during year-long 500km trek in China

There are 15 elephants in the herd, including three calves

A heart melting adorable picture taking round the internet. It’s a herd of elephant taking nap after they escaped from a natural reserve in China. The herd was seen resting near a village in Xiyang Township after heavy rains slowed down its travels.

The animals have been trekking the country for about 15 months in an extraordinary long 500km (300-mile) trip away from their natural habitat.

Authorities are closely monitoring their migration as the elephants roam through fields, villages and cities.

The local government has also deployed 14 drones and some 500 people to keep the herd safe, close roads and try to steer the elephants to the south-west. Now, the herd seems to be turning back and heading home, probably to the Mengyangzi Nature Reserve in Xishuangbanna, in south-west Yunnan province.

There are 15 elephants in the herd, including three calves. One male has broken free and is currently about 4km away from the rest of the group.

Yunnan Forest Firefighting Brigade which is in charge of monitoring them. The herd of Asian elephants escaped the natural reserve in Pu’er city in Yunnan province in December last year. Though it is unclear what motivated them to make the epic journey of 500km.

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