About 400 buffaloes have been drowned in the Chobe River, on the border between Namibia and Botswana, according to local media reports on Thursday. They discovered the neighbors of nearby cities, very surprised by what happened.
The main hypothesis of mass drooping is that the animals ended up in water trying to escape a group of predators. The events probably occurred on Tuesday, and now the authorities are removing the bodies of the animals, which will be distributed among neighboring communities to take advantage of them.
"They could not go back to the river bank and they drowned in. It's a shameful incident, we've lost a lot of wildlife at one time, it's our heritage," said Romeo Mayunda, spokesperson for the Namibian Ministry of Environment, on "The Namibian" newspaper.
The Chobe River is one of the main tributaries of the Zambezi, 1,500 kilometers long and which connects Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe. It is an area of great natural richness and takes its name from the Chobe National Park, home to numerous populations of giraffes, African elephants and buffaloes, among other species.
Although it is common to see dead animals in the river, this drowning was exceptionally massive.