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..


2 Responses to “Officials Investigate Why Nearly 5,000 Birds Fell From the Sky At Midnight”

  1. Aleisa Davis on January 3rd, 2011 12:04 pm

    Just based on my opinion alone… it would stand to reason that the sudden death of the birds was caused due to exploding fireworks trauma. Animals are very instinctive, they detect changes in weather before the greatest of meteoroligists get the details. They have made it through all types of weather and it’s going to take more than a thunderstorm to cause them trauma… after all, they are better prepared than humans at times. Maybe we should stop disrupting the natural environment we refer to as our world.. it is only ours to live in, not to destroy!

  2. Danny Thomas on January 4th, 2011 12:48 am

    The official cause of death has not yet been determined. I agree that animals are very instinctive. I also realize there was severe weather in the area also. Let us wait to see the outcome. High altitude hail seems to be the most likely as tornadoes were reported in the area.

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