Arkansas bird carcasses being sent for testing

Last Updated: Monday, January 3, 2011 - 23:30

Beebe: Wildlife experts are trying
to solve an apocalyptic-type mystery: Why did nearly 3,000
red-winged blackbirds tumble from the Arkansas sky on New
Year`s Eve?

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says laboratories
in Arkansas, Georgia and Wisconsin will examine some carcasses
starting today. Results could be back in a week.

Commission spokesman Keith Stephens says the birds fell
in an area about a mile long and a half-mile wide. Commission
ornithologist Karen Rowe says the flock could have been hit by
lightning or high-altitude hail, or may have been startled by
fireworks.

It`s not the first time birds have dropped.

PTI



First Published: Monday, January 3, 2011 - 23:30

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