A picture of two drunk elephants sleeping peacefully has gone viral on the internet. According to several posts doing rounds on social media, the elephants in the picture passed out after consuming alcohol.
The posts claimed that the incident took place in Yunnan, China on March 11 when a herd of 14 elephants was taking a stroll in a village. While looking for corn and food, they came across some corn whiskey, the posts suggested.
Xishuangbana, Yunnan, China. 11 March, a herd of 14 elephants went to village. Looking for corn and other foodstuffs. Apparently, They also polished 30 KG of corn whisky!
Two of the males got completely drunk, and made themselves a pair of cutest internet sensation in China. pic.twitter.com/bflXHa8sST
— HGS Dhaliwal (@hgsdhaliwalips) March 18, 2020
However, there is hardly any truth in this story. The local authorities in Meghai County, Yunnan have denied these rumours. They have even rubbished the claims that the animals drank 30 litres of liquor.
Local authorities in Menghai County, Yunnan deny rumors that a herd of #elephants drank 30kg liquor and passed out in a tea garden. The fact is that elephants went downhill and intruded into villagers’ homes, causing damages. https://t.co/ASpVmE2PYq pic.twitter.com/VTazTsO9up
— The Paper 澎湃新闻 (@thepapercn) March 17, 2020
The authorities said that the elephants went downhill and intruded into villagers’ homes and caused a lot of damage, The Paper reported.