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Pachyderms party hard in Xishuangbanna

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Some of us may remember the days when you could party until you passed out without any consequences. These days, what happens at the party no longer stays at the party. Instead, it will end up on the internet for all of eternity and for everyone to see.

Yesterday, pictures of a herd of drunken elephants that passed out in a tea plantation after guzzling 30 liters of bai jiu in Xishuangbanna caused worldwide sniggers after it went viral. However, if they have a serious alcohol problem it's no joke and they might have to follow their Big Brother at the elephant rehab. This is not an unlikely scenario, as elephants apparently have a healthy thirst for alcohol. Other naughty things they get up to is crossing borders without having their paperwork in order.

Conservationist Parveen Aswan offered more insights in the elephants' boozy habits:

We can only shudder when we try to imagine the jumbo hangover these trunk and disorderly animals are experiencing today.

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"No one has figured out where the drunken elephant photos came from, but a Chinese news report debunked the viral posts: While elephants did recently come through a village in Yunnan Province, China, their presence isn't out of the norm, they aren't the elephants in the viral photos, and they didn't get drunk and pass out in a tea field."

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