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Park rangers accused of killing 62 elephants because they were not paid their salary

By Mason White 4:03 PM November 2, 2015
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By: Tanya Malhotra
People were devastated to learn that 62 elephants have been killed.

At least 62 lifeless elephants were found in the Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, within a few days.

Park rangers found some of the elephants poisoned while others were found beheaded. Some of the bloody tusks were found on the floor next to them, but many more were found in suitcases.

Officials at the Harare International Airport, seized 380 pounds of ivory, which is worth about $43,000. They were about to be smuggled to Singapore.

“Three Zimbabweans and a Malian national were arrested over the smuggling bid,” officials said.

The beheadings are the latest tactic in a series of murders of elephants. Some elephants were believed to have been killed by cyanide. Salt stones were found laced with the poison.

It is not known who is behind the brutal beheadings, but police now believe that the attacks were carried out by the park rangers who were supposed to protect the animals in protest for not being paid their wages.

Photos and videos of the beheaded animals were posted to the Internet, where they went viral.