Des oiseaux morts pleuvent encore en Arkansas
Notez que l’Arkansas est probablement l’état américain où il y a eu le plus de mortalités de masse de poissons et d’oiseaux en 2011. Selon certaines sources, il y aurait plus de 2000 oiseaux morts. L’an passé, à pareille date, 4000 oiseaux morts gisaient sur le sol dans la ville de Beebe en Arkansas…
Depuis quand les feux d’artifice font mourir les oiseaux? Tous les pays dans le monde célèbrent l’arrivée de la nouvelle année avec des spectacles pyrotechniques grandioses et seuls les oiseaux d’Arkansas y seraient sensibles?
Des milliers de merles morts se sont abattus sur une ville d’Arkansas lors du réveillon du nouvel an. Selon les autorités, il se peut que ce soit des feux d’artifice qui soient à l’origine de ces mortalités, mais cette cause n’est pas confirmée.
Les oiseaux sont tombés sur les toits de maisons, dans les rues et dans les champs.
La mortalité massive d’oiseaux et de dizaines de milliers de poissons en Arkansas fait parler les théoriciens du complot et attire les cinéastes. Certains parlent d’empoisonnement des bêtes tandis que d’autres parlent de l’apocalypse.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Thousands of dead blackbirds rained down on a town in central Arkansas last New Year's Eve after revelers set off that spooked them from their roost, and officials were reporting a similar occurrence Saturday as 2012 approached.
Police in Beebe said dozens of blackbirds had fallen dead, prompting officers to ban residents from shooting fireworks Saturday night. It wasn't immediately clear if fireworks were again to blame, but authorities weren't taking a chance.
Officer John Weeks said the first reports of "birds on the streets" came around 7 p.m. as residents celebrated the year's end with fireworks in their neighborhoods.
"We started shutting down fireworks," he said. "We're working on cleaning up the birds now."
He said police were working with animal control workers and others to remove the birds and determine a death count.
"We're not sure if they're going to continue to fall throughout the night. I can't tell you," Weeks said.
Scientists say the loud cracks and booms from celebratory fireworks likely sent the birds into such a tizzy that they crashed into homes, cars and each other before plummeting to their deaths last New Year's Eve. The birds landed on roofs, sidewalks, streets and fields. One struck a woman walking her dog. Another hit a police cruiser.
The blackbird die-off, coupled with tens of thousands of dead drum fish that washed up on the shores of the Arkansas River, flung the state into the national headlines and drew conspiracy theorists and filmmakers to the town about 30 miles northeast of Little Rock that shares Arkansas Gov. 's last name.
Some people speculated that the birds had been poisoned; others said their deaths marked the beginning of the apocalypse.
"It's just got to be a pain in my career," Beebe Police Chief Wayne Ballew said.
Prior to this New Year's Eve, Ballew said he wouldn't be surprised if people sit out on their front porches in case the winged creatures fall from the sky again.
"I guess we could have an annual blackbird watch," he said with a laugh. "People can just bring their umbrellas, open them up and walk through the neighborhood and hope they don't get hit."
Charles Moore didn't plan to have an umbrella at the ready, but said he would have his camera out on New Year's Eve. Last year, he drifted off to sleep before the ball — and birds — dropped.
"When we got up on New Year's Day and walked out to get the paper, we saw all the carnage out there," he said. "So we thought we would be on the watch for it this time."
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