July 13, 2018 / 1:19 PM / 9 months ago

Eight black rhinos die in Kenya - tourism minister

FILE PHOTO: Photographers and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) personnel watch a female black rhino cross a road during a rhino translocation exercise In the Nairobi National Park, Kenya, June 26, 2018. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Eight black rhinos have died in Kenya while being transported by the state wildlife service between two national parks, Tourism Minister Najib Balala said on Friday in a statement.

An initial investigation by Kenya Wildlife Service showed the rhinos died of salt poisoning after drinking water at their new habitat, the statement said, adding that no more rhinos would be transported.

Reporting by George Obulutsa; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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