Six buffaloes found dead at Taiwan’s Yangmingshan National Park

Officials investigating mysterious deaths of Taiwan water buffaloes on hiking trail

Taiwan News
Date: 2020/12/08
By: Ching-Tse Cheng, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Six Buffalos died from unknown causes at Yangmingshan National Park last week. (Wang Syun-chang photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei City Councilor Keng Wei (耿葳) on Monday (Dec. 7) revealed the unusual deaths of six buffalos at Yangmingshan National Park last week and said the cause remains unknown.

In a statement, Keng pointed out that a Taiwanese citizen, surnamed Wang (王), had contacted her in regard to his encounter with the six dead buffalos on the Qingtiangang hiking trail between Nov. 30 and Dec. 6. She said the man had provided photos and videos of his surprising discovery.

Keng explained that the deaths are very unusual since there has only been one water buffalo death reported at Yangmingshan per year. She suspected that starvation and infectious disease were responsible for their demise.

The Yangmingshan National Park Administration confirmed the news during a press interview on Monday and said the bodies of the animals had been sent to the National Taiwan University School of Veterinary Medicine for testing. It said the fallen buffaloes consisted of five adults and one calf.    [FULL  STORY]

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