Mass animal deaths scrutinized as Google map cites numerous incidents
The deaths of 5,000 blackbirds in Arkansas is one of several recent instances of mass animal deaths across the world.
January 7th, 2011
01:06 PM ET

Mass animal deaths scrutinized as Google map cites numerous incidents

Five thousand blackbirds in Arkansas. One hundred pelicans near Jacksonville, North Carolina. Three hundred doves in Italy. Seventy bats in Tucson, Arizona. Thousands of fish in Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Brazil and the United States.

Google is now hosting a map of incidents of mass animal deaths around the world. Google Maps' distinctive blue balloons indicate where the deaths took place. Click on a balloon, and the map provides you with a link to a news report on the incident.

As of Friday afternoon, there were about 30 cases pinpointed on the search engine's mapping site, most of them in the U.S. and Europe.

Some might say it's getting spooky - and not just by conspiracy theorist standards - but experts tell CNN Radio that theories of UFOs and secret government weapons are, naturally, far-fetched.

In the case of the Arkansas blackbirds, wildlife buffs have said that a loud noise or other event may have precipitated the blunt-force trauma that killed the birds. Of all the notions about their deaths, Susie Kesielke, curator of birds at the Los Angeles Zoo, believes the theory that fireworks startled the birds is the most plausible.

“Blackbirds roost communally in the wintertime, and they sleep more soundly than most animals,” Kesielke said, adding that the birds were shocked awake and extremely disoriented.

Jonathan Sleeman, director of the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, said his office has investigated 16 mass bird deaths in the past 20 years.

“This is a bit unusual but not unique,” he explained. “Most of the cases involved pesticides or poison ingested by the birds, but trauma has also been found to be the cause of mass bird deaths."

Good to know experts aren't buying that Armageddon is upon us. Offering even more comfort is the blog Universe Today, which suggests that the deaths aren't so much strange as they are "a symptom of the digital age where news travels faster than you can say, 'The End is Nigh.' "

It cites a Time magazine article that details several strange mass animal deaths and wonders "if the internet age allows us to connect the dots where there are none to be connected."

As for connecting dots, the blog suggests that the map on Google could be laid on top of a "current global oil exploration map to test the hypothesis that the deaths could have been caused by ground-penetrating tomography."

In any case, it seems level heads are prevailing for now - at least until scads of humans succumb to spontaneous combustion.

“Until the sky turns red and there’s a plague of locusts, this event is not that unusual,” Sleeman said of the blackbirds.

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  1. darrenhan

    it the work of mother nature changing it pattern...we probably will witness more of this phenomenon this years.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bob s

    If you keep pooping in your backyard eventually there is nowhere left to stand.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CJAColorado

    If it were caused by fireworks, then why wouldn't we hear about mass bird deaths every new years and fourth of july? It seems too convenient. And duh, of course the birds are going to show signs of trauma to their bodies. They hit the ground for crying out loud! But WHY they really fell out of the sky or flew into things still can't be logically explained. I spoke to a man who used to be the veterinary pathologist for the state of Arkansas yesterday, and he thought that maybe there were tornadoes that never touched the ground (I can't remember the exact name he called that phenomena) that may have sucked the birds up and whirled them around, thus killing them.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Name*2Tim315

    Makes you wonder if the gulf oil spill and the manmade microbes are destroying the animals that migrate throughout the planet carrying life giving organisms to other plants and the ameba that are fed through those creatures. MAN is destroying his home, the planet, that God gave him. Gensis 1:27-29 'THE HOLY SCRIPTURES'

    January 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. jewelz

    All I know is that, I will be shocked out of my a#@!$@#% if the world does come to an end, and I see my sister up there in heaven.... SHOCKED !!!! LMAO

    January 7, 2011 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bruin

    It's little assurance knowing these mass deaths are not uncommon. I feel the same way when a doctor tells me that it's 'probably genetic'.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  7. awakenthemasses

    People need to quit being so naive. There is so much cover up of everything and there is so much going on that people refuse to see. Wake up people and stop believing all the false information you hear.

    January 7, 2011 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. toro

    it was the chupacabra....o_o

    January 7, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom

    It seems some well paid guys doing there job wrong. Don´t drink and drive earth – otherwise you should be fired like evryone else (the next 100 are waiting behind the gate).

    January 7, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ed Bailey

    I won't fotgive you cnn screeners!

    January 7, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  11. yoikodayo

    Haven't heard anyone mention HAARP Project. and Alana, if you don't care, I hope that you do care when this occurs to humans.

    January 7, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. just me

    Really... I have bridge i would like to sell you if you believe this stuff about fireworks, lightning ect.. It HAD to be something else.. and why NOW all of a sudden.. HUMMMM??? someone answer that for me

    January 7, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. LetsKeepItRealBecauseImKeepingItReal

    I hope all of this news causes all of you Left Behind retards to jump off a damn cliff. Don't worry, I'll add the location of your jump to the map when you go.

    January 8, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. publius enigma

    100 tons of fish in brazil. Anyone have a brief translation of what happened there?

    January 8, 2011 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. Laura

    it could be alot of things.. couldnt it??? I know i know,..... GOD, BLA, BLA, BLA it is interesting to consider that the fortold events in the bible have been happening to our generation??? Not just in the Last week! Its hard to blame any of you for your well founded thoughts on this matter... it is a WEEEEE BIT frightning.... Why , WHy would anyone tell the truth about this????? MAN HAS DOMINATED MAN TO HIS INJURY ...... yeah the bible says that too... but who cares any way....

    January 8, 2011 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
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