KUNMING, August 4 — Two people died after being attacked by wild elephants in southwest China’s Yunnan Province, local authorities said Friday.
The tragedy occurred at a farm in Meng’a township when the elephants charged a family of three heading to Jinghong city on a motorbike around 9 p.m. Thursday, according to Xishuangbanna prefecture.
The driver survived, while his wife and son died.
Wild Asian elephants are under Class A protection in China, with a population of about 300, mainly scattered in Xishuangbanna and the cities of Pu’er and Lincang in Yunnan.
In recent years, there have been frequent reports of attacks by wild elephants causing casualties and property losses in Yunnan.