A rebellious herd of elephants that sacked two cities while marching through China was spotted napping together.
An aerial photograph shows three adults in a protective triangle around a calf while others doze off after months of chaos, seeming to spoon each other.
The herd has moved more than 300 miles across the country’s southwest in the course of more than a year after escaping a national nature reserve in March 2020.
Her motivation to go and exactly where to go has baffled experts, but her trek led her to gain access to fermented grains in Mojiang County, which got her drunk.
The session saw two so drunk that they could not continue while the rest of the herd stormed the streets of Yuxi City, Yunnan.
For six hours they rummaged through trash cans, smashed garage doors and forced thousands to flee.
One even turned on an outside faucet so the whole herd could have a drink.
It is estimated that the elephants caused more than a million pounds of bloodbath, including the destruction of 60 acres of crops.
Earlier this month, the herd marched into Jinning District and marched into the state capital, Kunming, which is home to eight million people.
As a result, 400 police officers were used to remove 18 tons of corn, pineapples and other food in hopes of stopping them.
But after they finished the feast, the flock marched on.
Chen Mingyong, a professor at Yunnan University, has suggested that the matriarch of the flock may be “inexperienced,” meaning she “misled” the entire group.
He added, “We have no way of telling where they are going.”
The convoy left its longtime home on March 15 last year on a reservation in Xishuangbanna in mountainous southwest China near the border with Laos and Burma.
At this point the herd was 16 men and a month later two calves were born before an adult left the group.
In December, two of the fermented grains got so drunk that they had to cancel the trek as well, which means their number has dropped to 15.
Pictures of the sleeping herd were taken in Xiyang, north of Kunming.
It has been speculated that the herd was tempted to leave home because more attractive crops were available, whose diet previously consisted of grass, leaves and tree bark.
London Zoo’s leading conservationist Becky Shu Chen said the increase in deforestation since the 1980s means that elephant habitats are increasingly disrupted.
She said that while it is normal for herds to roam large areas in search of food, they are not migratory animals and trekking 300 miles is unprecedented.