Mass Animal Deaths Coin New Term: Aflockalypse

January 7, 2011 |  by  |  Breaking News
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Sometimes puns are not very punny.

As is the mysterious case of massive fish and bird deaths occurring all over the globe, now being called an “alfockalypse” by some.

The tally of mass deaths so far is shocking, and it’s leaving scientists stumped. All the while, the Internet is exploding with conspiracy theories and, unfortunately, new words.

This freak of nature has caught the attention of international news media. You can track the carnage on Google Maps — there have been 30 incidents worldwide thus far, mostly in the United States and Europe.

As you well know by now, it all started shortly after midnight on January 1st, 2011, when 4,000-5,000 red-winged blackbirds were found dead in Arkansas. (Preliminary lab tests indicated they died from multiple blunt force trauma.)

Now scientists are scrambling to find the cause. Was it lightening? High altitude hail? Fireworks?

Some people claim that this stuff “happens all the time.” Oh yeah?

Let’s take a look at the tally thus far of recent mass animal deaths, and see if you have ever seen anything like it:

Along with the Arkansas massacre, the death totals have been:

  • 200 American coots in Big Cypress Creek, Texas.
  • 450 birds spread across on a highway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • 40,000 Velvet swimming crabs (“devil crabs”) along the beaches of Thanet, Kent, in England.
  • Thousands of crabs at Palm Bay, Margate.
  • 100 pelicans near Jacksonville, North Carolina.
  • 70 bats in Tucson, Arizona.

And don’t forget the dead birds in Italy.

Can someone please get to the bottom of this!?


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