Animals are known to be better at sensing the changes in the environment before humans. Just like how some birds migrate hundreds of kilometres ahead of winter, or goats fled the mountains hours before a volcanic eruption.
Recently, a group of motorists witnessed a rare phenomenon where a herd of wild elephants slowly moving to higher ground. The scene was taken at a hill located alongside a Gua Musang highway in the Northern state of Kelantan.
In a video shared by TikTok user @aimantransport, the motorists could be seen stopping their vehicles along the highway to watch the gentle creatures making their way up the hill.
The rare sighting has since gone viral on social media, with many netizens expressing that it is the first time they have seen it.
“For all the time I have been living in Gua Musang, I have never seen anything like this. You really are lucky!” a netizen said.
“Wow, this is so great. It’s like watching it in front of a stage,” another netizen said.
However, some netizens think that this is not a good sign and could be an indication of inclement weather.
“If elephants start climbing up hills, then you should be on standby. My ancestors always advise that this could be a sign of natural disaster,” a netizen said.
Be prepared for bad weather
Meanwhile, the local Orang Asli communities agreed that this could be a sign of bad weather.
Speaking to the local paper Kosmo, 38-year-old Orang Asli villager Pelinejon Assut said the sighting of animals such as elephants steadily moving for higher ground suggests that bad weather may fast be approaching.
“Aside from having their habitat disturbed or looking for food, we do not discount the possibility that these elephants are indicating that a natural disaster may be approaching.”
“This is why the Orang Asli community is using this as a sign to prepare for the upcoming monsoon season.” he said.