ADDIS ABEBA – At least six elephants have been killed in a single day in southern Ethiopia last week, according to the Associated Press news agency.
The elephants were killed and stripped of their tusks when they ventured out of the Mago National Park to drink water.
Authorities called it the largest such slaughter in memory in the country. “We haven’t seen anything like this before,” an identified official was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.
Another two elephants might have been killed on the same day and an investigation continues, according to the news agency.
Since the 1980s, reports say Ethiopia has lost about 90% of its elephant population and hence the species is nationally regarded as critically endangered.
Currently, estimates show that 1500 to 2000 elephants are found in Ethiopia.