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Mysterious Botswana Elephant Deaths Could Be Caused By Natural Toxin In Water

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Preliminary tests to explain the reason for hundreds of mysterious elephant deaths in Botswana point to a naturally occurring toxin as a probable cause, a senior wildlife official told Reuters. It was highly unlikely that an infectious disease was behind the shocking deaths of at least 281 elephants, added Cyril Taolo, acting director of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. nitial investigations appeared to rule out common causes like poaching and anthrax.

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