Jackdaws in Sweden, Fish in Brazil and New Zealand and Crabs in England Are New Victims of Global Spate of Mysterious Animal Deaths

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More and more
animals are being found dead as the mysterious spate of mass bird
and fish deaths has turned into a global phenomenon.

Experts were
today carrying out tests on around 50 jackdaws found dead in a street
in Falkoping, Sweden, that appear to have suffered the same fate
as thousands of their cousins who fell from the sky in separate
incidents in the U.S.

Swedish experts
have said the shock of fireworks being let off near the city, in
the south-east of the country, and difficulty finding food may have
led to the deaths of the jackdaws.

Many of the
birds are believed to have died from stress or as a result of being
run over by vehicles while disoriented.

And scientists
have also been left baffled by at least 100 tons of sardines, croaker
and catfish washing up dead along the Brazil coastline near Paranaguá.

There were
more fish deaths reported today in New Zealand, while in England,
the carcasses of 40,000 devil crabs are strewn across a beach in

They are the
latest in a spate of incidents which are being blamed on New Year
fireworks, thunderstorms, cold weather, parasites and even poisoning.

The internet
has been abuzz with conspiracy theories about secret government
experiments being behind the deaths, or it being a sign of a looming
Armageddon at the end of the Mayan calendar next year.

The mass deaths

  • 450 red-winged
    blackbirds, brown-headed cowbirds, grackles and starlings found
    littering a highway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • 3,000 blackbirds
    on roofs and roads in the small town of Beebe, Arkansas
  • Thousands
    of ‘devil crabs’ washed up along the Kent coast near Thanet
  • Thousands
    of drum fish washed along a 20-mile stretch of the Arkansas River
  • Tens of
    thousands of small fish in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland
  • Hundreds
    of snapper fish found dead in New Zealand

Tests are being
carried out on the dead animals, but results are not expected for
several weeks.

Thousands of
Brazilian fishermen are struggling to make ends meet after the sale
of seafood was temporarily suspended when masses of fish were discovered
dead in Paranaguá, Antonina and Guaraqueçaba Pontal
do Paraná.

Experts have
speculated that cold weather or chemical leaks could be behind the

Edmir Manoel
Ferreira, president of the Federation of Fishermen’s Colony of Parana,
said the deaths had been discovered since Thursday last week.

‘On Thursday
we began to find a lot of dead fish. One community had to bury 15
tons alone.

‘We are experiencing
a very sad situation on the coast.’

Samples of
the dead fish have been sent to the Centre for Marine Studies at
the Universidade Federal do Parana.

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6, 2011

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