A pair of ‘drunken’ elephants is seen staggering around a tea field before collapsing into a heap next to each other after raiding a nearby village.
The video was recorded by locals in Yunnan, southwestern China, who claim that the elephants wrecked their grain alcohol store and drunk 30 liters of corn wine between them.
The photos of the drunk couple snoozing off their wine were posted by Zuzou Bingbing Travel Photography on Weibo and went viral, gathering over 140,000 likes on Twitter.
According to villagers in Menghai County’s Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture, the couple was one of the 14 Asian elephants who broke into their grain alcohol shops before fleeing for the tea field.
Officials in Yunnan confirmed that the incident occurred last summer, and the photos depicted weary elephants stopping for a “rest.”
Long Yunhai, the Menghai Forestry and Grassland Administration deputy director, announced that images depicting “drunk elephants” were “not true.”
He said in a statement: ‘The activity seen in the images did not appear within our county.
‘Yes, there have been a few reports recently of 14 Asian elephants entering villages and vandalizing vats of grain alcohol, but whether they consumed any is difficult to determine.’
Villagers Li Yuncong and Wang Xiangdong both reported damage to corn storage vessels and grain alcohol vats, as well as solar panels, windows, and doors.
However, no villagers were i.nju.red during the incidents.
This week forestry authorities in Jiangcheng Hani and Yi Autonomous County in the tea-growing city of Pu’er, which is about 185 miles from Menghai County, also claimed the incident took place within its jurisdiction in July 15 last year.
According to authorities, the herd of elephants had visited a tea plantation, and two of them were filmed resting on a drone as they lay down. None of the elephants was said to be intoxicated by the Pu’er officials.