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."
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.
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