SECTIONS
What would you like to know?
Share this Story

Arkansas falling birds: Bird government testing?

Meagan Morris is an entertainment and lifestyle journalist living in New York City. In addition to SheKnows, Morris contributes to many publications including The New York Times, Yahoo! News, PopEater, NBC New York and Spinner. Follow he...

Black birds fall from sky, scare town

Nearly 4,000 red-winged blackbirds dropped dead in Beebe, Ark. on New Year's Eve. Was this some sort of government testing gone sadly wrong?

Bird government testing: 4,000 birds fall dead in Beebe, Arkansas

Why are Arkansas birds falling dead? That's the question a lot of people are asking after 4,000 red-winded blackbirds fell on Beebe, Ark. on New Year's Eve.

The Arkansas birds starting falling out of the sky around 9 pm on New Year's Eve, landing everywhere from cars, houses, even people.

"One of them almost hit my best friend in the head," said Christy Stephens told The New York Times. "We went inside after that."

Falling birds: Bird government Testing?

Was this mass death of the red-winged blackbirds some sort of Arkansas government bird testing gone wrong? Not so, say government officials. The Arkansas Game and Parks Commission is sending many of the dead birds to out-of-state labs for testing, spokesman Keith Stephens said.

Some potential explanations include stress or some sort of blunt-force trauma.

It's safe to say the town had never seen anything like this before. "About 19 years ago, we had some ducks," he said, "but that was only a couple of dozen."

Of course, some are offering supernatural explanations for the sudden bird deaths, including UFOs and other conspiracy theories.

"Looks like some sort of phenomenon happened," Beebe City Councilwoman Becky Short said.

What do you think happened to the mysterious Arkansas dead birds?

More on pets

How to travel with your dog
Why do snakes use their tongues?
Ferret training 101

Tagged in
beebe arkansas
Comments
New in Pets & Animals
Close

And you'll see personalized content just for you whenever you click the My Feed .

SheKnows is making some changes!