Pigeons Fall Dead In Canada
A farmer in Quebec has found 80 dead birds on his land and apparently more are falling.
Sylvain Turmel first noticed the dead birds in his field on Dec. 18 and said:
“I found two dead birds in the morning, which is normal, birds sometimes die, but when I came back one hour later, another 25 had fallen. In the time it took me to pick them up, five more fell to the ground!”
Dead birds littered this holiday season in Arkansas, Louisiana and Sweden, but officials have yet to give a solid explanation as to WHY they died leaving everyone on edge.
Canada isn’t any closer to solving the mystery either as wildlife officials with Quebec’s Ministry of Natural Resources collected the birds for analysis, but are also stumped.
Turmel hasn’t gotten very many details as he says:
“All they can tell me is that it’s not avian influenza, it’s not the West Nile virus, and it’s not poison,” which is what officials suspected at first. It won’t stop. I’m finding more [dead] birds every day.”
David Bird, a wildlife biologist at McGill University in Montreal, said he’s been receiving plenty of phone calls about the birds, but is not alarmed.
According to the expert, this type of phenomenon is more common than people realize. He says:
“First of all, it’s not a biblical curse. It’s not a death ray from an alien space ship. There are many cases where birds get hit by hailstorms or get lost in the fog and they die of starvation and they just fall dead out of the sky.”
Bird thinks each incident has its own unique cause and there is no need for people to panic, as he continues:
“I think this is a case where it’s just coincidental … and people are trying to link them together.”