Tuesday, 10 October 2017

More Than 100 Hippos Die In Suspected Anthrax Outbreak In Namibia (Photos)

More than 100 hippos have been found dead in a Namibian national park, with authorities suspecting anthrax could be to blame.

The animals are believed to have all died in the last week in the remote Bwabwata National Park, in the country's north-east. One ministry official said Namibia had never seen anything like this before.

Anthrax is a deadly bacterial disease which is known to kill game, cattle, and sometimes humans.

Pictures from the area show dozens of dead hippos - some on their backs - lying in rivers with low water levels.

Officials say such outbreaks are not uncommon and usually happen when water in the Kavango River runs low

Rangers say the full death total may be higher because crocodiles and vultures have been eating the remains of the hippos

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