Various shocking reports of unprecedented deaths of hundreds of elephants have emerged in Botswana in Southern Africa. Since the initial weeks of May, Dr Niall McCann informed that his team members spotted over 350 elephant remains in the Okavango Delta.
There is no proper reason or evidence on why the elephants are suddenly dying and the government while informed that the lab results will be revealed in a few weeks.
Some elephants were discovered lying with their face down that are signs of an unexpected collapse. The elephant carcasses were mostly found around the sources of water located in the northern areas of the Okavango Delta which is a protected site for elephants and also a site for study and research known as NG11. However, near areas of Namibia, no such deaths have been reported yet.
Botswana is home to the largest elephant (Loxodonta Africana) population in the world while the animals are becoming extinct in most parts of the world. The African country has over 135,000 elephants.
The poachers used to poison the elephants with cyanide in Zimbabwe but this time, this is not the case since the elephants did not get weakened and carried on with their usual tasks. Even wild animals like hyenas, vultures and lions did not get affected after consuming the dead bodies of the elephants.
More than 100 elephants in Botswana lost their lives last year due to an anthrax outbreak and some died due to extreme drought situations. But this time, the reason behind their deaths is not the suspicious bacteria anthrax, the government claimed.
According to The Guardian’s report, some localities noticed some elephants forming a circle and walking around that which suggests that whatever the reason might be, it is definitely impacting these majestic animals neurologically.
The acting director of Botswana’s wildlife department and national park, Cyril Taolo stated that the lab tests got delayed because of the coronavirus induced lockdown and limitations. “We have sent (samples) off for testing and we are expecting the results over the next couple of weeks or so,” he said. The sudden death of elephants made him think that poison might be the reason behind it despite the fact that other animals were not affected.
In 2019, scientists reported an increase in the case of poaching of elephants and the government lifting up the ban on poaching made them anticipate the hunting activity as one of the major causes behind their deaths.