Super Typhoon Haikui Sees Animals Swimming the Streets

By Billy Jiang, September 11, 2023

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As Typhoon Haikui continued to exert its influence, parts of Guangzhou and Shenzhen remained under heavy rain red warnings, the most severe on China's four-tier weather warning system.

READ MORE: Red Alert Issued for Super Typhoon Haikui

Cities across Guangdong Province are still grappling with the serious impact of the typhoon, and more heavy rainfall is expected in some areas this week.

While social media is flooded with videos of heavy rain and flooding shared by local citizens, there's also a unique focus on animal-related content.

Video showing crocodile swimming in a local garden. Video via 秒讯视频/Sina Weibo

One particular video that gained attention online claimed, "The crocodile from Chimelong Safari Park has escaped and swam to the Zhongcun tunnel," sparking concern among citizens.

However, in an interview with New Express, Chimelong Safari Park officials stated that everything is normal within the park, and there are no reports of a crocodile escape.

For those familiar with the Panyu Hotel in Guangzhou, you might recall the large koi carp pond within its garden. 

There were online reports suggesting that due to rising pond waters caused by the rain, numerous koi carp were swept away.

According to Nanfang Daily:

"There might be a small number that ventured out of the pond, but it's not as dramatic as what's being circulated online.

"The waterlogging at the hotel was mainly due to flooding from the outside roads, so the koi carp probably couldn't swim out of the hotel."

In Foshan, continuous heavy rainfall led to flooding at Zhongshan Zoo in the local park. Social media users shared images of the zoo's condition with captions like "Heavy Rain: Foshan Zoo Animal Exodus Chronicles."

The zoo reported that the heavy rain, on September 8, caused water levels to rise within the zoo. However, all animals were promptly relocated, and there have been no reports of animal casualties.

Fish in the Streets

Due to the impact of Super Typhoon Haikui, Shenzhen experienced a massive downpour on September 7-8, leading authorities to open the floodgates of Shenzhen Reservoir at midnight on September 8.

After the flood discharge, various fish from Shenzhen Reservoir were swept up to the surface. 

Social media was inundated with videos of Shenzhen residents seizing the opportunity to catch fish in the streets.

Shenzhen citizens trying to catch fish in the streets. Video via 海客新闻/Sina Weibo

Despite the serious consequences brought by the typhoon, the resilient residents of the Greater Bay Area managed to find moments of joy amidst the chaos.

No matter how great the disaster, we at That's believe that maintaining an optimistic attitude can guide people through even the stormiest times.

For the latest updates on the Greater Bay Area, follow our WeChat official account, ThatsGBA.

[Cover image via 央广网/Sina Weibo]

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