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Naturally occurring toxin led to death of hundreds of elephants in Botswana: Government

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Nearly 4 to 5 months after hundreds of elephants were found dead in a concentrated area near Botswana's famed Okavango swamps, the country's government has ruled out the possibility of human involvement in the mortalities. According to Cyril Taolo, the deputy director of Botswana's wildlife ministry, a naturally occurring toxin produced by cyanobacteria may be the reason behind the massive death toll that now stands at 330.