he protected animals left a nature reserve in Yunnan about 17 months ago. Since then they have made international headlines with an extraordinary 500km (300-mile) trek that has seen them wander through fields, towns and cities, eating millions of dollars worth of crops and damaging buildings. As the herd approached settlements, people were temporarily relocated to prevent conflict as local residents tried to protect their crops and homes.
By June the animals had reached the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kunming. Efforts to head them off and send them back to the Mengyangzi Nature Reserve initially failed but eventually the herd turned around and began to head home.