Mystery deepens as elephant death toll hits 170

In the wild: More carcasses are being found in north-western Botswana PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES
In the wild: More carcasses are being found in north-western Botswana PIC: THALEFANG CHARLES

The mystery around the mortalities of elephants in the North West deepened this week, with reports that the death toll has reached 170 and authorities still have no clue of the cause as samples are stuck in a backlogged South African laboratory.

Exactly a month after the first official carcass was found near Seronga on May 11, the cause of the deaths continues a mystery, while more carcasses, of varying states of decay are reportedly being found.

Samples from the carcasses were sent to South Africa’s Onderstepoort Veterinary Laboratory nearly two weeks ago, but Mmegi is informed the results have not returned as they hit a backlog there.

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