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Something has come up that you might want to keep an eye on – Sudden animal die offs… Consider the following from AFP:
The second unexplained mass bird death within a week has been discovered in the southern United States, this time in the state of Louisiana, officials said Tuesday.
The latest incident affected some 500 birds which were discovered dead in Pointe Coupee Parish, said Olivia Watkins of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.
Watkins said an investigation was underway into the cause of the deaths, which occurred just a few days after thousands of birds were discovered dead in neighboring Arkansas.
“We sent samples to a lab in Missouri and are waiting to get some results,” she said.
Nancy Ledbetter at the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission said officials in that state were awaiting test results to find the cause of death of as many as 5,000 blackbirds in the small town of Beebe as well as deaths of 80,000 to 100,000 fish found floating in the Arkansas River about 160 kilometers (100 miles) away.
And if that doesn’t give you the “willies”, read the following – a mass death in Sweden…
Sweden also reported discovering 50 dead jackdaw birds on a street in Stockholm, while 40,000 dead crabs washed up on beaches in England, according to European media reports.
Sorry, but that just doesn’t give me the warm and fuzzies… I know, I know… It’s probably just a coincidence… Nature is like that, but still, that’s not exactly the way we’d like to start a new year. For what it’s worth, here’s what a healthy red-wing blackbird looks like…
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