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Black Birds Fall from the Sky: A Real Life Flahforward?

Written By David D'Angelo on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 | 1/04/2011


Arkansas birds dead? Yes, thousand of Arkansas birds and almost tens of thousands of fish are found washed ashore. As if witnessing a real life imitation of the series FlashForward, black birds fall from the sky all of a sudden in Beebe, Arkansas. As of Sunday, about 2,000 red-winged blackbirds were picked up by Environmental service workers.

According to the Associated Press, Mike Robertson, the mayor of the town confirmed the occurrence and said that the last bird was removed 11:00 am Sunday in the town about 40 miles northeast of Little Rock.

Conspiracy theorist immediately stormed the web and posted what they think about the latest occurrence. There were those saying that it is a bad omen, a government testing, poisoning or even some that says it i the start of the Armageddon or rupture.

Strikingly very similar to the FlashForward scene, the affected birds covered an area over a 1-mile area of Beebe, and an aerial survey indicated that no other dead birds were found outside of that area.

Right after the incident, the habitat of the birds were affected with an infection to check out for possible poisoning, Mayor Robertson said that there were no evidence of illness or contamination in the area and in fact no dead birds were found there.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission ornithologist Karen Rowe said Saturday the birds showed physical trauma, and speculated that "the flock could have been hit by lightning or high-altitude hail."

The major culprit being blamed for the "Dead Birds in Arkansas" incident was the New Year's Eve event were fireworks could have startled the birds from their roost and caused them to die from stress.

It is however odd that in all the past years there had been fireworks as well with the same intensity but such an event never happened. Robby King, a wildlife officer will send sample of the birds for testing to the state Livestock and Poultry Commission lab and the National Wildlife Health Center lab in Madison, Wis.

In another news, there were reports that about 100,000 drums of fish had been found dead and washed ashore. The affected area is about a 20 mile stretch of the Arkansas river near Ozark. The cause of the fish kill is still being determined by state officials. The weirdest thing as well is that the incident only affected one specie of fish.

"The fish kill only affected one species of fish,” Arkansas Game and Fish Commission spokesman Keith Stephens said. “If it was from a pollutant, it would have affected all of the fish, not just drum fish."


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