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How many elephants does it take to do some $771,000 in property damage? Fourteen, judging by the months-long trek of a wayward band of pachyderms now on their way home to a preserve in China.
Their wanderlust took them on a roughly 800-mile jaunt through the cities of Yuxi and Honghe before reaching the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kunming in June, during which they raided various places, including a retirement home, for food and did ancillary damage to structures and property.
The trek became a cause celebre in China, with efforts to monitor, protect and ultimately re-route the elephants homeward drawing in some 25,000 police and 1,500 emergency vehicles, according to a Reuters report.
More than 150,000 people were evacuated along the migration route, and more than 5 million yuan ($771,000) in insurance funds disbursed to cover property damage, according to a Chinese official quoted in the Reuters report.
Ultimately, the elephants found there’s no place like home.
If you have never asked your broker if elephants are excluded, now might be the time.