Hundreds of rare antelopes die in Kazakhstan


More than 440 antelope put at risk species Saiga were found dead in western Kazakhstan last week. As reported on Monday officials, they suspect that the antelope were victims of the same epidemic that killed 12,000 animals last year. Horned animals with outstanding forward flexible snout-like noses, originally inhabited a vast area that stretches from Mongolia to Europe. But now they are marked by the World Wildlife Fund as a critical posed a threat to species, with an estimated population of 50,000 left.

The total number of animals that were found dead last week, totaled 441, 364 of them - they were females and 77 - small cubs. "In the dead animals found clear signs of poisoning" - Interfax news agency reported, citing information received from officials of the Ministry of Emergency situatsiy.Zhivotnye, as shown by the preliminary examination, died of an infectious disease called pasteurellosis (pasteurellosis). This was told by an official who wishes to remain anonymous. It should be noted that this year the saiga antelope species began to die en masse in the same area as last year, namely, near the village of Bors Zhanibek district, and almost at the same time, with the slight difference of only 10 days.

Infection, which in most cases are fatal, affects the lungs and intestines, and treated, as a rule, only antibiotics. The head of the area suggested that perhaps the cause of mass deaths of animals could become "a kind of grass", part of their diet. The authorities of Kazakhstan now have taken the analysis of land and other samples, including samples of plants, in the hope that it will help them determine what actually caused the death of a large number of rare animals, as reported by the Interfax news agency.

Original: Physorg Translation: M. Potter

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