“Did they notice us?” asked Wei Xingshan gently.
“Perhaps,” replied Yang Ta sadly and put down the camcorder in his hand.
“Humans are the scariest animals of all,” said He Zihong as he shook his head. “Let's keep moving forward.”
“Let's take a different path,” said Lin Shuo, pointing to the east. “We will go this way and take a detour.”
“You mean the big guy we just saw? The bear?” frowned Wei Xingshan. “Didn't it run away already? We can just keep going as normal. We have to cover 20 km of mountain road. With our current speed, we will get to our destination right before it gets dark. If we take a detour, we will have to camp out in the wilderness. It's not safe.”
Lin Shuo lifted his eyes and glanced at Wei Xingshan, “You thought that bear was a big guy?”
“Oh?” Wei Xingshan was a bit confused, “What do you mean? A 4-meter bear is not considered as big?”
Lin Shuo didn't bother explaining. He just took a look at the northwestern direction and said, “There's a bigger one in that direction.”
Yang Ta adjusted his spectacles and said, “That's not possible, the giant brown bears are the largest land-dwelling animals in the Outer Khingan region.”
The scholar seemed to have recalled something as he was saying that and added, “Granted, the target of this current operation notwithstanding.”
After saying that, Yang Ta paused for a second, looked over at the northwestern direction nervously and muttered to himself, “Can it be?”
“No, not him,” said Lin Shuo, shaking his head. “It would save us a lot of time if it is.”
“Liu Qing,” Wei Xingshan turned his head and looked at the vice captain of the mobile unit. “Take a look at the northwestern direction with the drone.”
“Yes, Sir!” Liu Qing placed her large backpack onto the ground and retrieved from it a square box.
Inside the box was the latest Russian military drone. It quickly lifted up into the air and slowly flew in the northwestern direction.
Images taken by the drone displayed on the portable monitor in Liu Qing's hands.
Wei Xingshan arranged a few of them to stand alert and the remaining rested at their current locations. Everybody surrounded Liu Qing trying to take a peek at the monitor.
Displaying on the monitor, one could see all the lush vegetation of Outer Khingan. The verdant tree crowns formed a sea of dark green.
The green waves swayed with the gentle breeze sending beeping sounds through the monitor's built-in speaker.
After 10 or so minutes, images on the monitor looks like they were from a nature doc.u.mentary. There were no signs of this “big guy” that Lin Shuo was talking about.
After the drone had flew over wide river, Wei Xingshan couldn't contain himself anymore. He turned and looked at Lin Shuo disgruntledly, “Mr. Lin, care to explain?”
Wei Xingshan wasn't th
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