Saturday, January 8, 2011

Global Animal Deaths Update...

Over 30 cases of mass animal deaths around the world have armchair pundit in hysterics

Calcutta News.Net
Saturday 8th January, 2011
Although the incidents of mass animal death around the world in recent weeks are bemusing and concerning, experts have warned the online public not to panic.
Mass animal deaths around the world have become an issue of great concern and debate on the Web, but experts are keen to play down the Armageddon-like theories of many and find rational explanations. 

The news reports that have proliferated in recent weeks have put conspiracy theorists and catastrophe enthusiasts on high alert. 

Inndeed the reports are both baffling and concerning. 

Over 5,000 blackbirds fell from the sky in Arkansas and 300 doves died simultaneously in Italy. 

Similarly, 100 pelicans died in Jacksonville, 70 bats in Tucson and thousands of dead fish have washed up Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brazil and the United States. 

A new map released by Google Maps, tracks the ongoing mysterious mass animals deaths that have occurred in the last month or so, the incidents of which currently number around 30. 

Some conspiracy theorists believe the animal deaths to be the work of various government agencies from Mossad to the CIA, testing chemical weapons or other hostile machinery, while others have suggested it is the beginning of the end of days prophecy foretold in The Book Of Revelations. 

Yet amid the online buzz, animal experts are attempting to put a rational face on events. 

“Blackbirds roost communally in the wintertime, and they sleep more soundly than most animals,” Susie Kesielke, curator of birds at the Los Angeles Zoo, told CNN Radio, suggesting that fireworks were the most realistic factor causing their spectacular mass death. 

Jonathan Sleeman, director of the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, added that although the number of mass animal deaths was unusual, it was not by any means unique. 

“Most of the cases involved pesticides or poison ingested by the birds, but trauma has also been found to be the cause of mass bird deaths,” he told CNN, supporting theories that the birds were killed by sudden loud noise. 

The reason that the mass animal deaths seem so sudden, and numerous, is due to the nature of news in the modern age, suggests Universe Today. 

They point out in an online blog that digital news travels further faster than ever before, while the modern news cycle tends to get caught up in a particular issue, often blowing it out of proportion.

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