This is damned impressive

It was unclear why the wild Asian elephants, a protected species in China, strayed from the Xishuangbanna national nature reserve in Yunnan province.

But since April, the animals have embarked on a 500km journey, closely monitored by residents and authorities, with hundreds of people mobilised to ensure public safety.

On Tuesday, Yunnan authorities said the herd was 20km from the provincial capital of Kunming, home to millions of people.

Since mid-April, the elephants have wrecked around 56 hectares of crops, causing an estimated 6.8m yuan ($1.07m) in losses, CCTV said.

What the hell does anyone grow that’s worth $20,000 a hectare?

14 thoughts on “This is damned impressive”

  1. If the State is paying compensation, it could be weeds. Remember that after the Windscale fire those dairy farmers who were paid to pour their milk down the drain had a remarkable increase in milk production.

  2. Yunnan authorities said the herd was 20km from the provincial capital of Kunming, home to millions of people.

    Revolt against the modern world.

  3. It’s an experimental genetically modified crop which causes elephants and other animals to mobilise against us.

    You thought bat flu was scary…

  4. On a trek of 500km they have only wrecked 56 hectares? The size of one average English farm. I sniff a typo. 560 hectares? 5,600?

  5. Historically, Yunnan is where China’s opium habit originated. So Addolff is probably right.

  6. ‘ Since mid-April, the elephants have wrecked around 56 hectares of crops,’

    I wonder.

    Now that elephants are protected from being culled for their ivory, etc, since they have no natural predators and are long-lived, elephant population size grows beyond the means of the landscape to provide food. Since elephants cannot climb trees, once they have stripped lower levels of edible foliage, they knock the trees over to get to the stuff at the top. Trees die, diminishing the food supply and worsening the problem and the whole habitat.

    Solution: Nelly the elephant packs her trunk and goes in search of food and finds Humans have just the thing Nelly and pals need.

    But… environmentalism, protect wildlife…

  7. Must admit I thought the Chinese had more sense than that. I’d expect them to use anti-tank missiles and napalm to get rid of the nuisance.

  8. I’d have thought the Chinese would find a way to eat them.

    Anyhoo, they can blame the next pandemic they start on the elephants.

  9. “…Asian elephants, a protected species in China…”

    Pretty sure the only thing the CCP protects in China is the CCP. If these things can’t be diverted, they’ll have to be tranquilized and moved. Which would be a monumental pain in the ass.

  10. Dear Mr Worstall

    According to my calculator and my spreadsheet, $1.07 million over 56 hectares works out at $7,643 per acre.

    Surely they can’t both be wrong.

    DP

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