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Over 350 Elephants Found Dead in Botswana, Africa

Mysterious death of over 350 elephants in Botswana over the last two months have panicked scientists and researchers, reports says.

Over 350 Elephants Found Dead in Botswana
Elephant found dead on Botswana

The massive deaths of elephants found around the northwest parts of the African nation. They bear no signs of injuries to indicate poaching.

Dr Niall McCann said colleagues in Southern African countihad spotted more than 350 elephants carcasses in the Okavango Delta since the starts of May.

Botswana is home to a third of Africa’s declining elephant population.

Nobody knows the reason behind the deaths of the animals, with lab results on samples still weeks away, according to the government.

There are other things which point to something else other than poaching.

“It is only elephants that are dying and nothing else,” Dr McCann said. “If it was cyanide used by poachers, you would expect to see other deaths.”

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

“We are still awaiting results on the exact cause of death,” regional wildlife coordinator Dimakatso Ntshebe told.

It is possible that something attacking the elephants’ neurological systems since many of them appear to be dropping dead on their faces, BBC reported quoting Dr Niall McCann of the UK- based charity National Park Rescue as saying.

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