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Zimbabwe suspects bacterial disease behind elephant deaths

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    FARAI MUTSAKA Associated Press

    August 30, 2020, 12:30 PM

    The carcasses of the elephants were discovered on Friday in Pandamasue Forest, located between Hwange National Park and Victoria Falls. Blood samples have been taken to a laboratory for analysis to determine the cause of their deaths, Tinashe Farawo, spokesman of the Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority, said.

    The dead elephants were found with the tusks still on their bodies, ruling out poaching.

    “We can only ascertain the cause of death after the tests. But we have ruled out cyanide poisoning," Farawo told The Associated Press. "Only elephants were affected, no vultures or any other animals were affected. Initial tests show that it is not cyanide. We are also ruling out poachers because the tusks were intact.”

    The mysterious deaths of the elephants in Zimbabwe appears similar to the deaths last month of more than 275 elephants in neighboring Botswana. Scientists are still investigating the deaths of the elephants in Botswana's Okavango Delta area and poaching, poisoning and anthrax have been ruled out.

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    29 SEPTEMBRE 20204:30 AM

    Zimbabwe suspects bacterial disease behind elephant deaths

    By MacDonald Dzirutwe, Alexander Winning

    3 MIN READ

    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe suspects a bacterial disease called haemorrhagic septicaemia is behind the recent deaths of more than 30 elephants but is doing further tests to make sure, the parks authority said.
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