2020-07-04

Mysterious death of more than 350 elephants in Africa Expert:Cause of death or threat to human health

By ddzyx

The British”Guardian” reported on the 1st that hundreds of elephants”mysteriously died” in the southern African country of Botswana. Experts from an animal protection organization in the UK said such large-scale elephant deaths have been very rare in history.

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The head of the UK-based charity”National Parks Rescue Organization” Dr. Niall McCann said that it was discovered that the number of elephant carcasses was abnormal in early May this year. At that time, some environmentalists flew over the area by plane. They found a total of 169 elephant carcasses in a 3-hour flight. Subsequently, they reported the situation to the government.”A month later, people found more elephant carcasses in a further investigation, with a total of more than 350.”

“Without drought, such large-scale deaths are completely unprecedented.”” McCain said.

It is reported that dead elephants cover all ages, both male and female, and most elephants die near the water source. According to local observations and elephant death postures:some lie flat on the ground, indicating that death is faster; some are pacing around before death, which may mean that their brain may be affected by some neurotoxin. Some observers said that more elephants might die in the future,”this is a disaster for elephant protection.” The health status of some surviving elephants is not optimistic.

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Another report from the BBC website reported that in May this year, the Botswana government ruled out the possibility of poaching because ivory was still there. There are other reasons to prove that this is not caused by poaching.

It is reported that researchers have not been able to determine the cause of elephant death. The Botswana government has not yet carried out sample tests on dead elephant carcasses, and has been criticized by the outside world. Some biological experts said that considering the possibility of virus transmission, this strange phenomenon or the risk of threatening human health, failure to determine the cause of death of elephants as soon as possible may have serious consequences. Environmentalists urged the local government to send someone to guard the elephant ivory.

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Editor:Jin Jin

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