Officials Investigate Why Nearly 5,000 Birds Fell From the Sky At Midnight
January 3, 2011
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—While revelers were ringing in 2011 across the country, a mysterious affliction caused between 4,000 and 5,000 birds to fall from the sky just before midnight on New Year’s Eve in Arkansas, CNN reports. Game officials are trying to determine what caused the birds to fall over a one-mile area in Beebe, which is 40 miles from Little Rock.
Initial examinations of the birds, which included red-winged blackbirds and starlings, showed signs of trauma, but it’s unclear what caused it, CNN notes. Officials have speculated that fireworks shot by New Year’s celebrants may have something to do with the situation.
Other theories involve a weather-related trauma, such as lightning or high-altitude hail, which could have caused the birds’ deaths. Researchers at the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission and the National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin are currently studying the dead birds to ascertain more information, CNN reports..