The New Year got off to an ominous start in Beebe, Arkansas as about 100 dead blackbirds dropped from the sky.
Shortly after midnight, the birds started flying into objects and each other, eerily reminiscent of the 2011 New Year, when thousands of birds died after crashing into objects.
As if that weren’t enough, another dead animal mystery popped up in Norway as an estimated 20 tons of dead herring washed ashore on New Year’s Eve. Then, just like that, the tens of thousands of dead fish vanished into thin air.
Last year, there numerous instances of Mass Animal Deaths, leading many to wonder if the 2012 phenomenon was off to an early start.
Despite a multitude of conspiracy theories surrounding the bizarre occurrences, plausible explanations have already been provided for both of these cases (of course). Besides, Kirk Cameron has even reassured us that everything will be OK.
In Arkansas, they’re saying that New Year’s Eve fireworks are to blame for the birds’ odd behavior. Officials asked residents to stop setting off fireworks once the birds began acting strangely.
There was reportedly even evidence that a blackbird roost was targeted with fireworks this year.
As for the fish, it’s suspected that the herring were forced ashore by predators or a large storm. Jens Christian Holst of Norway’s Institute of Marine Research said that the fish probably simply washed back into the sea.
Sure, why not? Must happen all the time.
- Dead Fish Blanket Norwegian Beach – Then Disappear (newser.com)
- New Year, New Set Of Dead Animals Falling And Vanishing (huffingtonpost.com)
- Arkansas mass bird death a copycat killer (canada.com)