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Friday November 12, 1999

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RARE Chinese wild elephants are terrorising villagers in the south western province of Yunnan, writes David Rennie.

Forestry officials and animal experts are trying to teach farmers to keep quiet and run away from elephants after three people were trampled to death.

Homes have been smashed and crops destroyed by the animals. Inexperienced villagers have been trying to scare them away with loud noises, bonfires, revving tractor engines and even by throwing firecrackers at the three-ton animals.

Southern China was once home to thousands of Asian elephants but they are now only found in Yunnan. Policies to protect them and improve the environment have lured them close to villages.

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