More than 500 vultures in Botswana have been poisoned after elephant carcasses were laced with chemicals.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, the Botswanan government confirmed that the poisoning took place in the southern African nation’s Central District.

“The poisoning was believed to have been caused by lacing of three poached elephant carcasses with a poisonous chemical,” it said.

“A total of 537 vultures and two tawny eagles were found dead at the site.

The breakdown included 10 cape vultures, 14 lappet faced vultures, 468 white backed vultures, 17 white headed vultures and 28 hooded vulture.”

Botswanan officials said that law enforcement is working “around the clock” to decontaminate the area.

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