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Jan 03 2011

Why Did 1,000 Dead Birds Drop Out of the Sky in Arkansas?

Published by at 1:00 pm under Oddly Enough

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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One response so far

  • Sean

    Funny – My first thought was: “Giant invisible UFO messing with our wildlife.” It’s the most likely of all the possible causes that have been prevented thus far.



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