An official investiagtion has been launched following the mysterious deaths of at least 154 elephants in Botswana.
The exact cause of death is not known but all are believed to have happened in the northwest of the country over the last two months.
The investigation has so far ruled out poaching and poisoning as factors in the mammals’ mysterious demise.
RT reports: The elephants’ carcasses were found intact, indicating they were not killed by ivory-thieving poachers, over a span of two months and the cause of death was neither a man-made poison nor anthrax – known to poison elephants who consumed spores after digging into the soil for sustenance during severe drought.
“We are still awaiting results on the exact cause of death,” Regional Wildlife Coordinator Dimakatso Ntshebe told Reuters of the ongoing inquiry.
Farmers are known to take issue with the continent’s dwindling population of elephants, as the enormous animals trample their fields, destroying their crops.