Australian Aboriginals replanted an ancient boab tree on Sunday after it was driven thousands of miles with a police escort to save it from destruction.
A road widening scheme meant the tree, estimated to be 750 years old, had to be uprooted from its home in Western Australia and moved 3,200 kilometres (1,900 miles) by truck to a park in state capital“Everyone is hoping that the tree will live for another 750 years”, said horticulturalist and project coordinator Patrick Courtney.
“We are giving it the best chance it would ever have got.” Perth.
The bottle-shaped tree can can live for up to 2,000 years and is a native of the remote northern Kimberley district of Western Australia state.
It weighs 36 tonnes, stands 14 metres (46 feet) high and is 2.5 metres (eight feet) in diameter.