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Herds of gazelles intrude Mongolia's capital

30 Nov 2020, 17:18 GMT+10

ULAN BATOR, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Large herds of gazelles have been spotted in Ulan Bator, capital of Mongolia, making a stir on social media, the country's Environment and Tourism Ministry said Monday.

"On Sunday, a herd of more than 200 gazelles was spotted in the Nalaikh District of Ulan Bator, while another herd of around 300 gazelles was spotted in the territory of the Khan-Uul District of the capital city," the ministry said in a statement.

The two herds of gazelles were driven into the pasture by local officials, the ministry added.

According to a census in 2000 cited by the World Wildlife Fund, over 2 million gazelles inhabited in Mongolia's Eastern Steppe, and the population of gazelles has been decreasing since then under the threats of poorer weather conditions, infectious diseases, steppe fires, human and livestock interference, among others.

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