With hundreds of tremors daily, authorities have raised the threat level at Mt Agung to its highest, fearing an imminent eruption.
According to police almost 28,000 villagers living on or near Mt Agung volcano have been evacuated.
Not only humans, animals are evacuating too.
Panicked snakes, monkeys and wild beasts are moving down through settled areas, Indonesian media reports.
This movement has been a growing trend over the past three days, the Tribun Kaltim news service says.
“It may be hot on Mount Agung. So the animals (come) out and to the settlement,” it quotes district resident Jro Mangku as saying.
“Maybe this is a sign — the sign of the mountain will erupt. This condition is not as usual,” Jro Mangku reportedly said.
Such an animal exodus was observed before Mount Agung’s previous eruption in 1963.
That eruption produced deadly pyroclastic flows that killed about 1,100 people and hurled ash as much as 6 miles (10 km) high.
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