Two dead as wild elephants attack villagers in SW China

Wild elephants in southwest China’s Yunnan Province have killed two people recently.

One of the victims, a 71-year-old villager surnamed Zhu, was attacked and killed by wild Asian elephants at Nanlanghe Village on Sunday.

The accident was reported to authorities after other villagers found Zhu’s body and signs of wild elephant activity two hours later.

The local government has tightened management of wild Asian elephants and warned local villagers to stay alert.

The incident came one week after another villager in the same town was killed by another wild elephant.

Wild Asian elephants are under state protection in China, with about 300 living mainly in Yunnan Province.

Enhanced protection for wild animals has seen the mammals’ numbers rise in recent years, but cases of clashes with humans have also increased.

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