Within just a week, thousands of birds have been discovered falling dead from the skies.
In the United States as many as 5,000 blackbirds were found dead in the small town of Beebe, Arkansas and some 500 birds were discovered lying dead on the ground in Pointe Coupee Parishon, Louisiana. According to recent reports about 2 million fish have been found in Maryland!
Now, the Swedish police reports that between 50 and 100 jackdaws had died in the town of Falköping.
It all happened shortly after over 100,000 fish have been found washed up on the river banks on a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River, near Ozark.
Although the two incidents in the US occurred one after the other, scientists believe they are unrelated.
Experts are currently investigating what caused the death of the drum fish in the banks of the Arkansas River. Experts suspect that disease is most likely to be the cause.
David Price, who spotted the fish from his parents’ Roseville house, located on the banks of the river, pointed and said: ‘Over from down here at the bottom of the rocks, out maybe 40 or 50 feet, there were just thousands of fish along the shorebanks all the way around the river here.
‘”This is kind of amazing because the fish were about a pound and a half a piece.”
“Barges reported passing up river and churning up dead fish from the bottom of the river.
A single species is killed, and we don’t know the cause. If it was toxic, other species would be affected, ” Travis Harmon of the Department of Environmental Quality said.
“The fish kill only affected one species of fish,” he said. “If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish.”
Ozark is about 125 miles west of the town of Beebe, where game wardens are trying to find out why up to 5,000 red-winged blackbirds and starlings fell from the sky just before midnight New Year’s Eve.