Namibia: Could anthrax have caused 100 hippos to die?

A sad sight was discovered at the National Park in Namibia when dozens of hippos were found dead in the river, several of which were on their backs, in an event that has not been seen yet in the country. According to estimates, the animals died as a result of anthrax poisoning, but the circumstances are still being investigated.
The sad sight in Namibia Photo Credit: BBC/Channel 2 News

Over 100 hippos were found dead in the National Park within Namibia in an incident that has not been seen yet in the country. According to suspicions, the animals died as a result of anthrax poisoning.

Anthrax is a fatal bacterial disease that is capable of killing animals, cattle and even humans. Photographs from the area display dozens of dead hippos in a river, some of which are floating on their backs.

“We’ve seen a situation like this in the past,” stated the Namibian Environment and Tourism Ministry’s Parks and Wildlife Director however, he emphasized that in previous instances, only a few animals died. “Such cases usually occur when the water level is low.”

The Namibian Environment Minister stated that the veterinary services are still examining the exact cause of the hippos’ deaths. Furthermore, he warned that the number could rise if the crocodiles at the bodies of the hippos that died from the poison.



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