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8,000 doves fall dead in Italy, strange blue stain on beaks suggests lack of oxygen

Sunday, January 9, 2011 5:16
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Blue stain believed to be sign of hypoxia – lack of oxygen…

Thousands of dead turtle doves rained down on roofs and cars in an Italian town in the latest in a growing spate of mass animal deaths across the globe.

Residents in Faenza described the birds falling to the ground like ‘little Christmas balls’ with strange blue stains on their beaks. Initial tests on up to 8,000 of the doves indicated that the blue stain could have been caused by poisoning or hypoxia.

A witness told “We have no idea why this happened all of a sudden. The doves just started falling one-by-one then in groups of 10s and 20s.”

–The Daily Mail

They are saying that results from tests on the doves will not be available for at least a week. Of course there’s also the dead birds raining from the sky in Arkansas, and the 20 miles of dead fish. More dead fish and birds have been reported in Louisiana and Kentucky.

Reader Michelle Jacobs pointed me to an article about dead birds in Sweden. In that story, authorities are saying the birds were killed by “external blows.” Thanks, Michelle! :)

When taking in the big picture, I don’t think that many of the previous explanations — which have included fireworks, U.S. government testing, and EMP — really explain the situation.


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