Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Watch Dead Birds and Fish in Arkansas

New York City may have had the glitziest ball drop to ring in the New Year, but Beebe, Arkansas, took the cake in the weird department: shortly before midnight, thousands of blackbirds began dropping dead out of the sky!

Around 11 that night, thousands of red-winged blackbirds began falling out of the sky over this small city about 35 miles northeast of Little Rock. They landed on roofs, roads, front lawns and backyards, turning the ground nearly black and terrifying anyone who happened to be outside. [...]

The cause is still being determined, but preliminary lab results from the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission revealed “acute physical trauma” in samples of the dead birds. There were no indications of disease, though tests were still being done for the presence of toxic chemicals.
As for the clean-up, Keith Stephens, a spokesperson for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said nature will be doing the job for the fish. Raccoons and birds will feast on the dead fish. Furthermore, the fish are largely contained around the Arkansas River.

In Beebe, residents reported booming noises. The sounds are currently being investigated by local authorities.

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