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A dead elephant is seen in Hwange National park, Zimbabwe, Aug. 29, 2020. VOA

Zimbabwe parks authority officials say they suspect a bacterial disease called hemorrhagic septicemia is behind the recent deaths of at least 34 elephants in the northwestern part of the country.

The elephant deaths, which began in late August, come soon after hundreds of elephants died in neighboring Botswana in mysterious circumstances. Authorities subsequently blamed the deaths on toxins produced by another type of bacterium.

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FILE - A male African elephant mock-charges in the Okavango Delta in Botswana, March 25, 2005. VOA

There’s an old saying that elephants never forget. You also can say they almost never sleep.

Scientists on Wednesday said a first-of-its-kind study tracking the sleep behavior of wild elephants found the world’s largest land mammal sleeps two hours per day on average, and some days not at all, and does so mostly standing up.

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