The sky is falling! The sky is falling!
Thousands of dead turtle doves, many of which had a “strange” blue stain inside their beaks, have crashed from the sky in Italy. [...]
Initial testing of about 8,000 of the doves indicate the blue beak stain might be from lack of oxygen or poisoning. More conclusive test results may be available next week.
“This is a classic example of freak events coinciding,” Petter Boeckman, a zoologist at the Norwegian Natural History Museum, told Reuters. [...]
…2 million dead fish washed ashore along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay — and just days after up to 5,000 blackbirds fell out of the sky in a one-mile area near Beebe, Ark., and thousands of drum fish turned up dead along a stretch of an Arkansas river.
Other animal die-offs in the past two weeks include reports of 40,000 dead crabs washing ashore near Kent, England, hundreds of snapper fish dead in New Zealand, 150 tons of red tilapia dead in Vietnam, 500 jackdaws crashing to their death in Sweden, more than 450 birds falling onto a Louisiana highway and a mass of dead fish in a Florida creek.
I give up. Stumped. Stymied. Befuddled. Perplexed. Conundrum’d.