2020-07-03

350 elephants in Africa died in succession, whether it is an unknown virus infection needs to be investigated

By ddzyx

Every editor:Bu Jing

According to the Beijing Youth Daily, the Daily Mail reported on July 1 that 350 elephants mysteriously died around the water hole in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. The aerial photographs recorded this tragic situation. Dr. Neil McCann, director of wildlife and national parks in Botswana, told the media:“It’s been a long time since I have seen such a large-scale death. .”

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According to another star According to news, it is reported that the continuous deaths occurred as early as early in May in the Okavango Delta in the north of the country. By the end of May, the total number of dead elephants reached 169. By mid-June, this data had nearly doubled. According to local people who did not wish to disclose their identity, the strange thing is that 70%of the serial deaths occurred near the water source. Local witnesses said that some elephants walked around before death, which may be”a sign of damage to the nervous system.”

At present, the Botswana government has not done sample testing, and the cause of the elephant’s death is unclear. It is not yet clear whether this strange phenomenon threatens human health. Some analysis pointed out that toxins or unknown viruses are two possible main causes of death.

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and wildlife Botswana National Park Director Cyril Tao Le responded to the Guardian that it had known the deaths of elephants. Of the 350 elephants reported, 280 of them had been confirmed to have died, and the rest were still being confirmed.”We have sent the samples for inspection, and the results should be released in the next few weeks.” Tao Le pointed out that the new coronary pneumonia epidemic has affected global and local transportation.”We are coming out of the epidemic, so we are also Send the samples to the laboratory for testing.” But he refused to disclose which laboratory the samples were sent to.

At present, there are no reports of similar elephant deaths in the neighboring countries of Botswana. In addition, it is worth noting that the elephant who died bizarrely this time was not taken away. Environmentalists urge relevant local government departments to guard these elephant carcasses and avoid being taken away by poachers.

(Comprehensive daily economic news from:Red Star News, China Youth Daily)

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