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Now 300 dead birds fall from the sky in Alabama (how much longer can scientists keep saying this is normal?)

Friday, January 14, 2011 17:26
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By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 3:18 PM on 14th January 2011

 

Up to 300 dead birds have been found on the side of an Alabama highway in the latest mass animal death to be reported.

The bodies of the birds, identified as grackles, were found strewn along the I-65 highway.

Grackles have also been found dead in their hundreds recently in Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky.

 
Mystery: Some of the bodies of 300 birds found dead on the side of the I-65 in Alabama

Mystery: Some of the bodies of 300 birds found dead on the side of the I-65 in Alabama

 The birds appear to have died of blunt force trauma, a biologist has told local news

The birds appear to have died of blunt force trauma, a biologist has told local news

 It appears that the birds died of blunt force trauma – possibly from being hit by a truck, wildlife biologist Bill Gates told local news station WAFF.
grackle

A common grackle. As well as Alabama, the birds have also been found dead in Arkansas, Louisiana and Kentucky

He drew his conclusion from the feathers scattered across the snow, which was bloody in places.

A collision with a big rig is also believed to be responsible for the deaths of over 100 birds whose bodies were found at the side of a California highway last weekend.

One witness to that incident said it ‘looked like they were committing suicide’.

The Alabama deaths are just the latest in a series of mass animal deaths around the world that have spurred conspiracy theories all over the internet.

First, the blackbirds fell out of the sky on New Year’s Eve in Arkansas. Then it was two million fish in the Chesapeake Bay, 150 tons of red tilapia in Vietnam, 40,000 crabs in Britain and other places across the world.

Blogs connected the deadly dots, joking about the ‘aflockalypse’ while others saw real signs of something sinister, either biblical or environmental.

The reality, say biologists, is that these mass die-offs happen all the time and usually are unrelated.

Federal records show they happen on average every other day somewhere in North America. Usually, we don’t notice them and don’t try to link them to each other.

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