More than 350 elephants found dead in mysterious circumstances in Botswana

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Published: July 3,2020 08:02 AM
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July 3, 2020: Over 350 elephants have died in the southern African country of Botswana since May. The mysterious deaths of elephants have perplexed scientists and researchers.

July 3, 2020: Over 350 elephants have died in the southern African country of Botswana since May. The mysterious deaths of elephants have perplexed scientists and researchers.
Botswana is home to a third of Africa's declining elephant population.



The carcasses of the elephants are strewn around the northwest parts of the African nation. They bear no sign of injuries to indicate poaching.



Further investigations have also ruled out poisoning by humans and anthrax, which sometimes hits wildlife in this part of Botswana.



The Regional Wildlife Coordinator Dimakatso Ntshebe said, "We are still awaiting results on the exact cause of death".



Samples have been collected and sent to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Canada for testing.



An expert from a United Kingdom-based charity called National Park Rescue told that his colleagues in Botswana had first spotted elephant carcasses in the Okavango Delta region in May, while they were on a flight. “They spotted 169 in a three-hour flight,” Dr Niall McCann said. “To be able to see and count that many in a three-hour flight was extraordinary.”



The Botswana Government was alerted about the elephant carcasses in May. They had ruled out poaching as a cause of the deaths, saying the tusks had not been removed. McCann also pointed out that other animals would have died if the poachers used cyanide.
 


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