CHINA Wild elephant wreaking havoc from mating season mood-swing arrested

CHINA

Wild elephant wreaking havoc from mating season mood-swing arrested

By Shan Xin | People's Daily app

12:11, April 06, 2019

(Video: Pear video)

The adult male Asian elephant repeatedly wreaking havoc after failing to secure a mate was successfully captured in Meng’a, southwestern China’s Yunnan Province, on Friday.

A total of eight wild elephants had migrated to Meng’a in 2007 and the number has increased to 19 thanks to the Asian Elephant Conservation Project. During the estrus season this year, the two alphas, Ati Quito and Wezhayo, were observed in intense competition for spouses, and Weizhayo - means the “Victory” in the local language – was finally expelled from his herd after failing to win a mate, which left him in "a bad mood" .

Even though strong precautions were in place, Weizhayo still found his way into the city, and came back six times, leaving 16 vehicles destroyed and marring five pieces of infrastructure. To protect the legitimate interests of the local people, Weizhayo was arrested sent to the Asian Elephant Breeding and Rescue Center in Xishuangbanna on Friday morning, with his vital signs stable.

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