Manchester joins the ever growing list of cities where bizarre occarances of dead animals are appearing
Hundreds of fish have been found dead in a Manchester pond in the latest bizarre mass animal deaths.
Experts say the freezing weather caused the deaths.
Nature lover Stuart Hall, 60, spotted the fish in the pond on Chudleigh Close, Stockport, during a walk near his home.
The 500 fish - many thought to be large bream and pike - were set in the ice on the pond. Mr Hall, of Mostyn Road, Hazel Grove, said he was worried the water may be poisoned.
He said: "I was shocked, it was awful to see all that life just gone. It's like the 'birds dropping from the trees' scenario, but on a much larger scale.
"When you love nature and the countryside it's heartbreaking. There is no sign of life here whatsoever - not one duck."
It’s the latest in a series of strange animal deaths around the world which has claimed the lives of birds including doves, coots and starlings and several species of fish.
Tony Bielderman from Stockport and District Anglers' Federation, which manages the pond, said: "We do not believe there is any pollution as such, but that this is a natural occurrence which has happened during the extremely cold weather we have suffered for a month or so.
"The numbers involved are 400-500 fish - I wouldn't think it's the full stock by any means."
The Environment Agency said people should contact them if they suspected fish were in trouble elsewhere.
A spokesman said: "This has happened in a few places across the north west. Ice forms on the top of the water and cuts down the oxygen, causing the fish to struggle.
"Lots of fishing clubs have aeration equipment which pumps oxygen into the water and sometimes we may advise that the ice is broken in some places, so that oxygen can start to be recreated under the ice."
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