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Thousands of dead birds and fish in Arkansas leave many scratching heads

Posted on: January 3, 2011

UPDATE: A state veterinarian tells NBC that preliminary autopsy results show that the birds died of “multiple blunt trauma to their vital organs.

Thousands of dead birds and fish in Arkansas leave many scratching heads – Yahoo! News.

Be aware of the happenings during these past two years.  Things that are  beyond anything I remember happening before in my 69 years.  What is happening?  Why is it happening?    You tell me because I certainly have no answers; I do have a lot of fears and concerns.  BB

Maybe the Mayans were on to something?That’s surely what students of the famed Mayan 2012 prophecy for the end of the world had to be thinking with the news of recent eerie wildlife die-offs in Arkansas. Just as the calendar nudged a year closer to that fateful date, birds began falling from the sky in Arkansas and  a massive fish kill occurred some 125 miles to the west.

[Rewind: Mysterious bee deaths explained]

Roughly 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky over a mile of land near Beebe, a small town in northwest Arkansas, and observers spotted the fish kill near the town of Ozark. You can watch a video report on the blackbirds below, courtesy of ABC News:

And here’s a CNN report on the incidents:

No one seems to know just yet what caused the two die-offs. But theories abound.

In a statement Saturday morning, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission quoted staff ornithologist Karen Rowe as saying that such events have happened before around the world: “Test results usually were inconclusive, but the birds showed physical trauma and that the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail.”

[Rewind: Haunting images of Gulf Coast oil spill]

Because it happened New Year’s Eve, some officials suggest that revelers shooting fireworks may have spooked the birds, to the point that they died en masse from stress-induced cardiac arrest.

“It is unlikely they were poisoned,” Rowe said, “but a necropsy is the only way to determine if the birds died from trauma or toxin.” Tests were to begin Monday.

Click image to see photos of the dead birds

Daily Citizen/Warren Watkins, via AP

Meanwhile, wildlife officials say that the estimated 100,000 drum discovered by a tugboat captain over a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River appears to be a natural occurrence that isn’t tied to the bird kill in any way.

[Photos: Massive fish kill hits Louisiana]

“The fish kill only affected one species of fish,” Keith Stephens of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission told CNN. “If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish.” He added that fish kills in the area are common, though this one was larger than most.

UPDATE: A state veterinarian tells NBC that preliminary autopsy results show that the birds died of “multiple blunt trauma to their vital organs.


4 Responses to "Thousands of dead birds and fish in Arkansas leave many scratching heads"

Too ways to test this THEORY that come to mind- was there actually a lot of fireworks that night? Was there lightning? These are answers that should not be hard to come by. Well, I guess they could be faked though for the sake of a cover up…

What seems so odd to me where fire works are blamed is the fact that only Red winged Black birds were affected. Same with the fish—only one species. BB

Hi, Brenda!

This fish and bird story sounds a little fishy to me. According to the news bite I saw, they said that it was only one species of fish that died. In other words, the numerous other species of fish didn’t die, how can that be, except if it was some kind of disease that only affected the fish that died.

I find that very hard to believe. I know it can happen to people, where one race is more susceptible to a disease than another race, but I have never heard of anything like this.

The odd thing is that it all happened within a 24-hour period, the fish and the birds dying. There is more to this story than meets the eye. Could it be some type of government experiment? Don’t count that out, or worse yet a dry run on a terrorist hit.

Well, it remains to be seen, doesn’t it? ss

Yes, I am looking forward to hearing what comes out of this. FOXNEWS will keep up on the story and let us know. they are good about that. BB

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