10,000 Wildebeest Die in Mass Drowning

10,000 Wildebeest Die in Mass Drowning
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Storks and vultures feast on the remains of dead wildebeest in Kenya's Mara River, after some 10,000 of the animals died in a freak mass drowning there in late September 2007.

The animals' bodies washed downriver, beaching on the Mara's banks and getting caught under a nearby bridge, conservation worker Terilyn Lemaire wrote on her blog for the nonprofit WildlifeDirect.

The remains formed what she described as "pungent islands of bloated carcasses."

"The crocodiles, storks, and vultures have not had to worry about where to find their next meal," she wrote on her blog.

"Those [wildebeest] that aren't consumed will be left and will eventually decompose in the water. These thousands of carcasses will undoubtedly affect the health of the water, but to what extent, only time will tell."

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—Photograph courtesy Terilyn Lemaire/Mara Conservancy/WildlifeDirect
 
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