The Brimham Rocks in England have been around since the Ice Age, and have since become a National Trust attraction. The rocks have mesmerized many visitors to the area, as they are able to explore one of the most beautiful landmarks in Yorkshire.
To learn more about how the balancing rocks formation came to be, check out the video below:
The rocks were formed after being eroded by water, ice, and wind and have now taken on shapes that resemble animals such as an eagle, a gorilla, and a “dancing bear”.
Unfortunately, after resisting the force of the elements for tens of thousands of years, the balancing sandstone rocks, which are also known as Millstone Grit, have finally been defeated by a group of teen vandals.
These youths have since sparked outrage for their thoughtless actions.
Considering the rocks began forming 320 million years ago (100 million years before the very first dinosaurs walked the Earth), people are accusing the youths of destroying hundreds of millions of years of history.
So what exactly did they do? Well, the five teens were spotted pushing the rock of the crag at the National Trust-owned tourist area in Summerbridge, North Yorkshire.
“At around 8.45 pm on Friday, 1 June a group of five young people were seen pushing a rock at the top of one of the crags,” North Yorkshire Police said.
“This resulted in the rock falling from the crag causing damage to the crag face. The damage this has caused is irreplaceable and it is now in a potentially dangerous condition.”
“The incident has not only caused considerable damage to both the rock and the crag face, but those responsible also put themselves in danger and have created a potential hazard for other visitors to Brimham Rocks.”
This is what it looked like before the vandalism took place:
The names of the youths were also found scratched into the rocks close to where the rock was pushed out of place.
Many of the formations were named for tourists to spot including the Camel, the Dancing Bear, the Sphinx, the Watchdog, and the Turtle.
Many people expressed their outrage on their social media pages.
Twitter user David Hartley wrote, “This is ridiculous, Brimham Rocks is a wonderful place, the rocks that form the landscape there bring tourists from far and wide to view them. How these mindless vandals can actually do this is beyond me.”
Emily Ogden wrote, “#Brimhamrocks Anyone know the vandal youths who did this? Surely someone does!”
Helen Clarke, from the National Trust, added, “It might have been fun for some people. Actually, it is just completely pointless and needless.”
While many people are using their social media to comment on the wrongdoing, the police have been asking for help: “If you have any information about the identity of those responsible please contact officers on 101, choosing option 2 and quote reference 12180097959. Alternatively, email [email protected]”
It just goes to show that vandalism is not just about spraypainting property or intentionally smashing a glass wall, vandals can also destroy nature.