Some 16 elephants have died from rabies in the past 3 weeks at Kaziranga National Park and Tiger Reserve in Assam, India, according to Times Now News report. According to Park Director P.Shivkumar, the domestic elephants contracted the lethal virus from wild foxes in the park that are biting the animals.

This has prompted a massive anti-rabies vaccination drive at the park. All the domestic elephants, numbering around 60, will be vaccinated. The domestic elephants are deployed for various tasks.

Director Shivkumar said the wild elephants are at much less risk as they are better suited at preventing getting bit.

Rabies is an acute viral infection that is transmitted to humans or other mammals usually through the saliva from a bite of an infected animal.