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Wild elephants gather for a 'family reunion dinner' in SW China



There was a momentous feast for 25 wild Asian elephants last Friday as they were spotted having a "family reunion dinner" at a "canteen" in Pu'er City, southwest China's Yunnan Province.

To protect the elephants, local authorities have built canteens, or wild Asian elephant habitats, and cultivated their favorite plants, including bananas and corn.

Due to the scarcity of food during the winter season, the elephants were found eating in the fields in Pu'er City.

After a satisfying meal, the elephants decided to lay down and rest, while two naughty baby elephants cuddled around their mother. 

At twilight, the elephant herd went to the riverbank. Local staff members captured rare scenes of the elephants crossing the water.

The Asian elephant, which is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species, enjoys first-class state protection in China, the same level as the giant panda.

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