Mass Animal Deaths
The incidence of mass animal deaths is a phenomenon manifested by the unexplained deaths of large numbers of animals, usually of similar species. The incident of mass animal deaths however is not an unheard of phenomenon. On the contrary, there is evidence of many mass animal deaths occurring over the last few decades. Some disturbing cases of mass animal deaths include the deaths of hundreds of sheep that have run off a cliff, the deaths of thousands of squid on California beaches and the deaths of thousands of wildebeest from drowning in one river crossing.
Mass animal deaths similar to these have occurred recently however what makes this case different is that they have occurred in the span of a few weeks and not in one area but across the globe. The reports of mass deaths of animals in the first week of January 2011 began with the discovery of hundreds of dead birds of the same or similar species including red-winged blackbirds, pelicans and doves. The deaths of these birds and other wildlife have occurred in the United States and most recently in Italy, with the deaths of hundreds of doves. The interest that these mass animal deaths has fostered around the world has prompted some groups to begin identifying and tracking cases of mass animal deaths around the world. Tracking by Google Maps shows numerous cases of mass animal deaths in various countries, which has some people predicting an apocalypse and others arguing that the phenomenon is a common event and gaining major attention now only because of the technologies available to report on such events quickly and around the world.