Nearly four dozen elephants have dropped dead in Botswana. Nobody knows what is happening to the elephants, but theories range from poisoning to anthrax. On Monday, Botswana Safari News stated:
The death toll in the Okavango Panhandle elephants has risen to 44.
Yesterday 36 carcasses were counted from which 14 carcasses were discovered 40 kilometres from Seronga catchment villages, the epicentre of all carcasses discoveries so far.
The news agency states:
According to Department of Wildlife and National Parks, the elephants are dying from ‘unknown causes’. There has been speculation that the cause of death could be poisoning or anthrax. But some experts have ruled anthrax out.
Postmortem exams on the elephants have not pin-pointed the cause of death…results indicate that “the deaths are caused by an unknown pathogen.” Poisoning is not believed to be the cause of death because scavengers are not falling ill, or dying, from consuming the elephant carcasses. However, poisoning has not been fully ruled out.
Residents in the area are being warned to not consume the elephant meat because nobody is certain how or why they died.
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