10,000 Wildebeest Die in Mass Drowning

Tuesday, 02 October 2007
Drowned Wildebeest
Drowned Wildebeest
Copyright, National Geographic
How is that for an attention-grabbing headline? Well it is true. National Geographic posted a news report today from Kenya where they estimate up to 10,000 Wildebeest died while trying to cross a fast moving river during their annual migration.

The animals jumped into the river and when they couldn't get up the bank on the other side, they quickly drowned or crushed with the 1000's of animals jumping in the water behind them.

Conservation officers in the area said that animals drown every year but never at this type of scale.

The 10,000 animals represent around 1% of the total herd.
David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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