Some extraordinary measures are being taken to try and protect the life of a 700-year-old tree in India. The bayan tree in Telangana, India, is the second largest one of its kind, covering three acres of land. The historical tree is a major tourist attraction in the Mahabubnagar district, but a large termite infestation threatened to kill it.
Forest officials originally tried spraying the tree with Chloropyrifos, a chemical pesticide, but that proved ineffective. Now they’ve hung a series of IV drips containing the chemical solution every two meters along the damaged sections of the tree. They hope the improvised saline drip will rid the tree of the infestation enough to allow it to heal itself.
— Ashoka News (@Ashokanews1) April 18, 2018
Twitter users didn’t really know how to react to the tree on “life support”:
— Zodis Great (@zodisgreat) April 18, 2018
— José Covaco (@HoeZaay) April 18, 2018
This is weird as hell..
— ♠️ (@Mr_Westmoore) April 18, 2018
Has science gone too far? https://t.co/EFdt0bvhte
— Little Dead Girl (@emilyisdeadd) April 18, 2018
Im crying but also I’m laughing https://t.co/iPNIKrumAJ
— ksj | #positive (@kseoksin) April 18, 2018
Some were upset by the extraordinary measures taken to save the tree:
Better health care than most Americans
— R (@RAND_E_Z) April 18, 2018
It's a 700 year old ffs.
— younis (@kitkat_the_13th) April 18, 2018
It’s crazy how we use our resources to save animals and plants but not actual people….
— ✨jas✨ (@JasmineBlount20) April 18, 2018
Swear down there's dying kids in Yemen that can't reach food, let alone care ♂️
— MedZ (@mahoody_10) April 18, 2018
Dont you wish children in Yemen were also treated like Banyan trees?
— YM (@YM971) April 18, 2018
Many, however, appreciated how the landmark tree is being cared for:
It's heart-warming to see this much effort being done to save a tree!
— Free Thinker (@raahulworld2009) April 18, 2018
That's really cool
— OverUnderClover (@OverUnderClover) April 18, 2018
I hope this beautiful tree survives and thrives again
— Manish Tyagi (@simbatyagi) April 18, 2018
They need to secure a small piece of it and regrow the entire tree again like Baby Groot.
— Fred Tran (@YupItsFreddy) April 18, 2018
We thought we’d seen it all, but an IV drip for a tree proved us wrong. But here’s a good question…
I wonder if the prescription was written on paper…
— What About Now? (@whataboutnowpod) April 18, 2018