Bolivia – Heavy snowfall kills 18,000 animals

“Four, five days without eating, nobody can stand.”
– Absalón Conurana, mayor of the municipality of Catacora

24 July 2018 – In the province of José Manuel Pando, in the department of La Paz, the situation is critical. Authorities reported that the snowfall from Friday to Sunday generated the loss of thousands of head of cattle, and asked for help with forage.

Snowfall in the municipality of Catacora reached 20 to 30 cm (8 to 12 inches), said mayor Absalón Conurana.

He pointed out that there are around 70 thousand head of cattle (80% alpaca and 20% of llamas) in his territory, of which 20% were lost, that is to say, that some 18 thousand animals died.

In Santiago de Machaca, mayor Lizardo Condori said snowfall reached 60 cm (2 ft) and that the animals died from the cold or because they could not rise directly with the weight of the snow.

He noted that until Tuesday 500 head of cattle had been reported killed, but that number may increase.

The mayors agreed that even though the snowfall ended, the situation is still critical because the snow became ice, which prevents the animals from feeding.

Mayor Conurana affirmed that the ice will melt in about two weeks, but meanwhile 100% of the livestock is in danger without food. “Four, five days without eating, nobody can stand,” he said.

Photos of animals foraging for food:–8RX

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis for these links

3 thoughts on “Bolivia – Heavy snowfall kills 18,000 animals”

  1. “could not rise directly in the weight of the snow” – sounds like when the Wholly Mammoths went extinct 12,000 years ago because they could not climb out of the snow.

    • Exactly.

      The article that brought me to this site was the one about the huge pile of Dinosaur bones. HUGE.

      When it was found, nobody could figure out what happened……until it was deduced that all these Dinosaurs died under a MASSIVE Snow dump, up to 6 Stories tall, that happened so fast that it killed them all.

      Same thing with the Mammoths and Mastodons found with grass still in their stomachs. They “flash froze” on the Tundra from a rapid temperature drop.

      Same with frozen birds that fall out of the sky.

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