Dozens of wild horses die of thirst in Australia’s heatwave

Dozens of wild horses die of thirst in Australia’s heatwave
The Central Land Council, which advocates for Central Australia’s Aboriginal people, said it had to euthanize more than 50 more horses near the waterhole because they were close to death.

(CNN) - An Aboriginal advocacy group says horses and other feral animals are dying of hunger and thirst because many reliable water sources have dried up.

The group says it had to euthanize upwards of 50 more horses near a water hole because the animals were close to death.

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An advocacy group said it was planning to euthanize a further 120 camels, horses and donkeys dying from thirst in another remote community, CNN reports.
An advocacy group said it was planning to euthanize a further 120 camels, horses and donkeys dying from thirst in another remote community, CNN reports.

Australia has been experiencing a record-breaking heat wave since the start of the year.

Temperatures in one area hit 107.6 degrees for 14 straight days and counting.

“Horses and other feral animals are dying of thirst and hunger because many reliable water sources, such as Apwerte Uyerreme, have dried up in the current heatwave and areas overpopulated by feral animals suffer erosion and vegetation loss,” the Central Land Council said in the statement.

Health warnings have been issued advising people to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. CNN reports.
Health warnings have been issued advising people to stay indoors during the hottest part of the day. CNN reports.

A recent report showed 2018 was Australia’s third hottest year on record, with rainfall 11 percent below average.

The report cited climate change as a key factor in increasing intensity of heat events, fire weather and drought.

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