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Guwahati, India/Canadian-Media: A massive lightning strike might have caused the death of a herd of eighteen wild Asiatic elephants in India's eastern state of Assam, local officials said on Friday.
Wild elephants. Image credit: Unsplash
On Thursday the villagers found dead bodies of fourteen adult elephants, and another four bodies were found scattered on the foothills of the Kundoli reserve forest area of Assam, about 100 miles from the state capital of Dispur, M.K Yadava, local wildlife official told Reuters, NBC News reports said.
A high-level inquiry into the incident was ordered by the state government ordered on Friday, Parimal Suklabaidya, Assam's forest and wildlife minister added.
A local forest ranger, not authorized to speak to the media found the dead bodies of elephants and said it was possible that the elephants were killed by a lightning strike late on Wednesday, adding he had seen burnt trees in the area.
But based on social media images, prominent conservationist Soumyadeep Datta, from environmental activist group Nature’s Beckon, said that was unlikely.
“Poisoning could be behind the death of the elephants,” Datta told AFP news agency. “We have to wait for the autopsy report, which the forest department will do soon,” Alja Zeera news reports said.
Home to nearly 30,000 elephants, about 60 percent of the wild Asiatic elephant population in India. Of them, Assam is home to an estimated 6,000, who constantly come out of the forests in search of food.
The government of Assam has been urged by the conservationists that encroachment of people should be prevented and to establish free corridors for the elephants to move between forests safely.
In recent years, villagers have been killed and crops had been destroyed by wild elephants.
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New York, Apr 6 (Canadian-Media): Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York, has become the first of her kind, to test positive for the coronavirus after developing a dry cough, media reports said.
We stand for Wild Life. Image credit: Wcs.org
Nadia is expected to recover, the Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo said in a news release.
Samples from Nadia were taken and tested after the tiger, and five other tigers and lions at the zoo, exhibited symptoms of respiratory illness, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). No other animals at the zoo are showing symptoms.
"Though they have experienced some decrease in appetite, the cats at the Bronx Zoo are otherwise doing well under veterinary care and are bright, alert, and interactive with their keepers," the zoo said."It is not known how this disease will develop in big cats since different species can react differently to novel infections, but we will continue to monitor them closely and anticipate full recoveries."
The Covid-19 testing on Nadia was performed in a veterinary school laboratory and is not the same test used for people, Dr. Paul Calle, the zoo's chief veterinarian, posted on Facebook.
The animals were infected by an asymptomatically infected zoo employee caring for them, according to the zoo. The Bronx Zoo has been closed to the public since March 16.
USDA advises anyone sick with the coronavirus to minimize contact with animals, including pets, until more information is known about the virus, the USDA said.