Thousands in China swarm to hunt for a ‘mysterious creature’ after hearing ‘a dragon’s growling’ from the mountains
- Villagers in Guizhou said that they had heard baffling noises from the mountains
- Thousands of locals allegedly went to search for the source of the curious sound
- Some described it as ‘a dragon’s growling’, others claimed it was ‘a tiger’s roar’
- Experts said the sound was coming from a type of small bird that sings loudly
Thousands of villagers in China have flocked to search for what they thought was a ‘mysterious creature’ after hearing loud noises that apparently sounded like a dragon’s growling.
Trending footage emerged recently shows curious locals swarming to the top of the mountain in Xiushui of China’s southwestern province Guizhou while the supposedly mystical beast can be heard making the booming noises.
Local officials even had to set roadblocks to stop people from gathering while sending a team of experts to investigate the strange sound.
Thousands of villagers in China’s south-western province Guizhou have flocked to search for a ‘mysterious creature’ after hearing a deep humming that sounded like a dragon’s roar
The villagers in Xiushui had rushed to the mountain hills after some farmers claimed that they had heard some strange noises on June 20.
Footage filmed by onlookers shows local residents gathering in the area while they intently listen to the low-pitched sound.
Some people can be heard shouting excitedly: ‘It’s growling! It’s growling!’
The videos has also drawn enormous attention on Chinese social media after some web users claimed that the sound had come from a dragon while others said it was a tiger’s roar.
Guizhou officials sent a team of experts to search the area after the videos became viral online.
The villagers in Xiushui of Guizhou’s Weining Yi, Hui, and Miao Autonomous County had rushed to the mountain hills after some farmers claimed that they had heard some strange noises. The picture shows the Miao villages in Guizhou province, south-western China
Zoologists later revealed that the sound was, in fact, coming from a type of small bird called the yellow-legged buttonquail.
Hardly bigger than a sparrow, the little ground birds have a disproportionately loud song.
During the breeding season, the females repeatedly utter the booming hoots which can be heard at a distance as far as 100 metres (328 feet).
The expert’s conclusion was confirmed by some villagers who had spotted the animals while they were making the noise.
It was later revealed by zoologists that the so-called ‘dragon’s humming’ was, in fact, coming from yellow-legged buttonquails. The picture shows a female yellow-legged buttonquail
Liu Fuqiong, a local primary school teacher, told Pear Video: ‘It hummed twice or three times repeatedly every six or seven minutes. The sound was very deep. I thought it was quite strange as well.
‘A dozen of villagers followed the sound to the cornfield and chased down a yellow bird with a really short tail.’
Ran Jingcheng, director of the provincial wildlife protection centre, told reporters: ‘Residents in other areas had heard similar sounds before. They just didn’t think too much about it.’
Local police said that they had detained at least four residents for spreading rumours online, claiming the sound was a dragon’s humming.