Five years before the novel coronavirus ran rampant around the world, saiga antelopes from the steppes of Eurasia experienced their own epidemic.
Millions of these grazing animals—easily recognizable by their oversized snouts—once migrated across what is today Kazakhstan, Mongolia, Georgia and more.
But then, over the span of three weeks in 2015, nearly 200,000, or two-thirds of their existing population, sickened and died from a bacterial infection. Today, a little more than 100,000 saiga are hanging onto survival in a few pockets of Eurasia. MORE
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