The Living Edens-Etosha: Feed Me

Anthrax, a severe infectious disease, is caused by a bacterium, Bacillus anthracis. Most animals with anthrax die suddenly with few or no symptoms of disease. Animals get the disease by eating infected grass or carcasses or by inhaling contaminated dust.

Elephants are at high risk for anthrax

In Etosha, elephants engage in a seemingly harmless behavior that puts them at deadly risk of anthrax infection. To protect themselves from the heat and ward off insects, elephants cover themselves with dirt. While peforming this activity, elephants sometimes ingest anthrax, which can lay dormant in the dust for long periods of time. Not long after it enters the bloodstream, anthrax comes to life, and the infected elephant's life comes to an end.
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