2020-07-04

More than 300 elephants in Africa die bizarrely! Do not rule out unknown diseases, but also risk

By ddzyx

BBC reported that in the past two months, more than 350 elephant carcasses have been found in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. This is a”completely unprecedented” death, and Botswana is investigating the cause.

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A third of the elephants in Africa live in Botswana, where the number of elephants is decreasing, but no one knows why. The government stated that three laboratories in Canada, South Africa and Zimbabwe have been required to “process samples taken from dead elephants”.

According to Reuters,”Elephant Without Borders” (EWB) said in a report prepared for the government that the survey revealed that elephants of all ages All seem to be dying.

Dr. Niall McCann, a British charity national park rescue organization, told the BBC earlier this week that local natural resource conservationists flew in early May After the sky over the delta, a government alert was issued for the first time.

He said:”They found the bodies of 169 elephants in a 3-hour flight, and they can see and count so many in a 3-hour flight , This is amazing.”

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He added:“A month later, further investigation confirmed more dead bodies, bringing the total number of dead elephants to more than 350. In the absence of drought, in a single event It is completely unprecedented that so many elephants have died.”

According to Phys.org, in May this year, the Botswana government ruled out the possibility of poaching, because these died Of elephants, their ivory has not been stolen. Explain that there are other things happening besides poaching.

Dr. McCann said:”Only elephants are dying one after another, nothing else happens. If poachers use cyanide to kill elephants, you will see To other deaths.” Through testing, Dr. McCann initially ruled out the possibility of natural anthrax poisoning. Last year, natural anthrax poisoning killed at least 100 elephants in Botswana.

Dr. McCann said that the possibility of other poisonings or diseases cannot be ruled out. When elephants died, many of them fell to the ground, and other elephants walked in circles. These scenes indicated that something might attack their nervous system.

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In any case, without knowing the source, the possibility of spreading the disease to the population cannot be ruled out, especially the cause may be present in water or soil. Dr. McCann also mentioned the New Crown Virus pandemic, which also started in animals.

He said:”Yes, this is an animal protection disaster, but it may also become a public health crisis.”


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