News about weird and bizarre happenings from around the world.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

“Aflockalypse” Mapped on Google

The recent string of mass animal deaths that the Washington Post and some bloggers have taken to calling “the aflockalypse” can now be monitored on Google Maps.

The regularly updated resource pinpoints mass animal kills all over the world with blue arrows, tracking the die-offs from Dec. 2010 to the present.

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Hundreds of turtle doves die in Italy’s ‘Aflockalypse’

With the twelve Days of Christmas over, the turtle doves apparently were no longer needed. In what is being termed the ‘Aflockalypse,’ mysterious bird deaths in Arkansas, Louisiana and now Italy have some predicting the deaths harken the end of the world.

In the Italian city of Faenza, white turtle doves hung lifeless in trees like a kind of Tim Burton macabre Christmas scene.

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The mystery of mass bird deaths

Some commentators have dubbed it "the aflockalypse" - instances of mass bird deaths that have perplexed observers over the past week. So why have birds quite literally been falling out the sky?

It all started when residents of Beebe, in the US state of Arkansas, woke to find thousands of dead blackbirds strewn across roads on 1 January. Then, in Louisiana, about 500 birds - including starlings, cowbirds and redwing blackbirds - rained down from the skies.

Read more here.