Even in the wild animal kingdom, accidents happen.

This was the case in the elephant zone on Wednesday when an accident involving 9 elephants in Central Botswana was recorded near the village of Dukwi.

All the 9 elephants died after they knocked down overhead power lines while jostling to drink water from a leaking pipe supplying water to villagers.

You see, Botswana has an elephant population of between 150,000 and 200,000, depending on the migration season.

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Elephants normally live in the wild but often move near human settlements in search of water.

But Botswana is an arid country, on a normal day, the country does not even have enough water for their human citizens.

Director of Wildlife and National Parks, Otisitswe Tiroyamodimo, confirmed the incident to Reuters.

He told the news agency that, “investigations are still at a preliminary stage, but what we have discovered so far is that the elephants were helping themselves to water from a damaged supply pipe. The elephants were electrocuted when they knocked down power lines, which fell into the gushing pool of water,” he said.

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