Dead Birds And Fish In Arkansas
Arkansas has been experiencing some strange occurrences as of late. On New Year’s Eve, an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 birds fell from the sky in Beebe, Arkansas. One day before, 80,000 to 100,000 fished washed up dead on the banks of the Arkansas River.
What explains the birds? Karen Rowe, an ornithologist for the Livestock and Poultry Commission, stated that the birds showed physical trauma. Rowe holds that their deaths were likely due to high-altitude hail or that the flock could have been hit by lightning. After necropsies of the dead birds, Rowe said that the birds were obviously hit by something very hard. They had hemorrhages, but were otherwise healthy.
For the fish, officials reported that 95% of the dead ones were drum fish. This points to the likelihood that a disease affected only one species of fish.
As for the clean-up, Keith Stephens, a spokesperson for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said nature will be doing the job for the fish. Raccoons and birds will feast on the dead fish. Furthermore, the fish are largely contained around the Arkansas River.
In Beebe, residents reported booming noises. The sounds are currently being investigated by local authorities.