Jan 03 2011
It sounds like something that happened in FlashForward, or a similarly sci-fi TV show, but no, this really did happen, and scientists are scratching their heads to figure out why. What a way to ring in the new year!
Wildlife officials are trying to determine what caused more than 1,000 blackbirds to die and fall from the sky over an Arkansas town.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission said Saturday that it began receiving reports about the dead birds about 11:30 p.m. the previous night. The birds fell over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area.
Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said the birds showed physical trauma, and she speculated that “the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail.”
Rowe said that similar events have occurred elsewhere and that test results “usually were inconclusive.” She said she doubted the birds were poisoned.
Short answer? We have no freaking clue. Really, lightning killed 1,000 birds at once? That’s one hell of a storm. And hail? Wouldn’t the huge chunks that would be able to kill that many birds have made their way to earth somehow? I’m just going to go with aliens and be done with it.
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