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Dead Fish Wash up in Arkansas

Dead Fish Wash up in Arkansas - A double mystery shook the US state of Arkansas, as experts tried to figure out the cause of mysterious multiple deaths among birds and fish.

In the early hours of New Year's Day, in a small radius of only 1.6 kilometres from the town of Beeb, several thousand red-winged blackbirds and starlings fell from the sky.

On Monday, animal protection specialists were on site to assess the conditions of the animals that lay on rooftops and streets. Up to 5,000 dead birds were reportedly found, and several scores of them were taken to state capital Little Rock to be examined.

Dead Fish Wash up in Arkansas

Initially, the authorities supposed that stormy weather could have led to the mass deaths. Biologists now consider it possible, however, that additional trauma was caused by New Year's crackers and fireworks.

Already last Thursday, an estimated 100,000 dead fish were found some 200 kilometres away from Beebe.

Mass fish deaths happen every year, local media cited Keith Stephens, spokesman for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, as saying. However, the magnitude of the event this year is unusual.


Dead Fish Wash up in Arkansas


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