Elephant death in Botswana is a mystery – the last hour

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(ANSA) – ROME, JULY 01 – Over 350 elephants died in the
north of Bostwana for reasons still mysterious and in very times
rapid. The Guardian reports it. For scientists it is
an “environmental disaster” that began in early May when it was
found a group of dead elephants in the Okavango delta.

by the end of the month the number had risen to 169 and in mid-June
more than doubled with 70% of the animals found lifeless
near pools of water.

“Such a death has not been seen for some time, perhaps not
was never seen. Except in dry periods, it never happened
such a high death toll, “said the director of
NGO National Park Rescue.

The Botswana government has yet to carry out tests on
corpses of elephants to understand the reasons for the massacre and if
there are risks to human health. Among the causes of
death, poisoning or an unknown disease. Even the
coronavirus has been mentioned, but it seems like a hypothesis
unlikely. The anthrax to which scientists had
initially thought was excluded. According to local witnesses,
before dying the elephants began to spin up
themselves, a sign of a neurological problem. “Some of them do
they are slumped on the muzzle, which means that they have died a lot
quickly, others seem to be much slower, therefore
it is difficult to determine which toxin caused the
death, “said McCann.

The other mystery is that male, female and elephants died
of all ages. And now there is the concern that others
will die in the coming weeks, warn environmentalists
who have already noticed some specimens on the spot lose weight.

The death of elephants in the Okavango delta, where they are found
15,000 specimens (10% of the total), is a disaster more
levels for Botswana. Ecological tourism indeed
it represents 10-12% of GDP, second only to the business of
diamonds. And it’s “an environmental disaster,” McCann says accusing
not to protect his greatest asset. (HANDLE).

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