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Friday, 3 July 2020

Another magnificent beast in danger: 130,000 Saiga Antelopes have died this spring bringing the total to more than 350,000 in the last 5 years with experts not able to agree on the cause of deaths.

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Back in 2015, 200,000 wild saiga antelopes collapsed and died suddenly in Kazakhstan from a bacterial infection, more than two-thirds of the entire global population, NB, Covid-19, African Swine Fever and Avian Flu are viruses, not bacterial. Scientists found that there were unusually warm temperatures and high humidity in the days leading up to the wildlife deaths. The same was found for two previous mass die-offs of antelopes in 1981 and 1988, when 400,000 died in central Asia, according to Prof Richard Kock of the Royal Veterinary College London. Saying, "The whole thing was really extraordinary," he said. "It's very very likely to happen again."

And it has, during May and early June 2020, researchers have discovered more than half of the country's herd, around 130,000 have died. The extent and speed are really unheard of according to veterinarian Steffen Zuther who believes bacteria is to blame for the death of the saigas.

The deaths are not just occurring in Kazakhstan. Back in 2017, TBW reported nearly 1,000  saiga - tawny steppe land antelope distinguished by wacky bulbous noses and a penchant for long-distance travel - have died on the plains of western Mongolia's Khovd Province, however, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, the likely culprit is a viral infection called the Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR), also known as ovine rinderpest or goat plague, a dread disease of domestic sheep and goats that can have a 90 per cent fatality rate. The deaths amount to almost ten per cent of the total population of this distinct Mongolian subspecies, which is less numerous and less migratory than the saiga on the other side of the Altai Mountains in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Russia. 

Mongolia experienced its first recorded PPR outbreak among livestock in September 2016, and it's possible that the virus hopped to saiga on winter rangeland where the antelope overlap with domestic herds. It's an unprecedented situation, as the FAO notes in a press release: "While wildlife has long been considered potentially vulnerable, relatively few actual cases of PPR infection have been documented in free-ranging wild goat-like species and never in free-ranging antelope." The PPR plague may be novel, but disease outbreaks and mass die-offs are nothing new for the saiga, which in 2014 was thought to number some 262,000 worldwide. Numerous large-scale fatality events have occurred in recent decades among the more widespread western subspecies.

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5 comments:

Hawkeye said...

Maybe these animal die offs are from covid!? Lollolololol. Sorry, just had to say that because what they never tell, only a slight mention of possible reasons, is what is killing all of the environment. Notice that? And now humans are dying off too. Coincidence, covid19?? NO. We are being poisoned from the environment from man made radiation #1, solar radiation #2, carbons, vaccines, meds, poor water quality, poison gmo foods, aerosols sprayed in the skies, lousy political policies, communism, and big fat killer liars mouths!
Animal die offs and human die offs. The same thing.

Anonymous said...

Might some of the anomalous

die-offs be related to chem-trail

spraying—worldwide?


This scribbler has made note

of Third-World news reports

having background skies with

criss-cross jet trails, as seen in

America.

Gary Walton said...

Haha, whatever it is it all adds up to the same conclusion, we are all in deep trouble.

Ray said...

Gary, You are so right. What ever the cause we are all in trouble. Thank you for your blog. I always enjoy it.

Gary Walton said...

Cheers Ray