The mysterious deaths of more than 350 elephants in Botswana over a period of two months have stunned scientists and researchers.The bodies of the elephants are strewn around the northwest parts of the African nation. They bear no sign of injuries to indicate poaching.
Further investigations have also ruled out poisoning by humans and anthrax, which sometimes hits wildlife in this part of Botswana, news agency Reuters reported.
It is possible that something is 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.
The deaths of the elephants come in with the COVID-19 epidemic that has killed lakhs of people across the world.
There is insufficient data to see whether something that is killing the elephants could cross into the human population.