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    Wandering elephants on edge of China city, now closing roads

    BEIJING (AP) – A wandering herd of elephants has reached the edge of a big Chinese city as authorities rush to close off roads and neighbourhoods to protect both the animals and people.

    It’s not clear why the 15 elephants made their long trek, which has been documented and monitored both on the ground and from the air by a dozen drones. Authorities have urged people in areas where the elephants have traveled to stay indoors and are blocking roads with construction equipment while seeking to lure the animals away with food.

    The Xinhua News Agency reported yesterday the elephants by late Wednesday night had reached the Jinning district on the edge of Kunming, a city of seven million people that is the capital of Yunnan province.

    They have already walked 500 kilometres from a nature reserve in Yunnan’s mountainous southwest.

    Sixteen animals were originally in the group, but the government says two returned home and a baby was born during the walk.

    The herd is now composed of six female and three male adults, three juveniles and three calves, according to official reports.

    The herd of wild Asian elephants stands in E’shan county in southwestern China’s Yunnan Province. PHOTO: AP
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