A large wild elephant has returned to a Chinese town for a second visit in five days, causing chaos once again.
The Asian elephant wandered to the town of Meng’a in southwestern China’s Yunnan province on Sunday morning after it failed to find a female to mate and was driven out of the herd.
After the local forestry police carefully herd it out of town, the elephant was again seen trudging through busy streets on Thursday.
According to Chinese media, the large mammal destroyed nine vehicles and damaged houses in the first rampage, causing a commotion.
Forest officials previously told reporters that the male elephant was driven out of the herd after it couldn’t find a female in oestrus , leading to a tantrum. Fortunately, no one was in.jur.ed.
In new footage released by video news site Pear, the elephant is seen swinging its trunk while walking slowly along a busy street in the town in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous province.
Curious locals ran away when the large animal approached them calmly.
A wild elephant watcher confirmed to Pear that the animal had yet to find a female to mate with, leaving it ‘heartbroken.’
The observer added that the elephant showed no signs of aggression and did not hurt anyone.
The endangered Asian elephant is listed as a first-class protected species in China. About 300 live in Xishuangbanna, Pu’er, and Lincang in Yunnan province.
Officials have warned public members to keep a safe distance and evacuate the area if they experience a similar situation.
According to the provincial Forestry Bureau cited by Xinhua, wild elephants caused 32 deaths and 159 in.ju.red from 2011 to 2017.
Population growth, expansion of reclamation and reduction of wild elephant habitat are the main causes of conflicts, causing elephants to stray into farmland and human habitats for food.