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.
Twitter users didn't really know how to react to the tree on "life support":
Some were upset by the extraordinary measures taken to save the tree:
Swear down there's dying kids in Yemen that can't reach food, let alone care 🤦🏻♂️— MedZ (@mahoody_10) 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
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