Blogs and local news agencies have been abuzz in this past week with stories of mass populations of animals who are mysteriously dying without any apparent reason.
The story that started with the thousands of blackbirds that fell from the sky in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve.
Since that story broke, new instances of mass animal deaths have been popping up around the world. 300+ Turtle doves in Italy, hundreds of dead pelicans…
…150 tons of red tilapia in Vietnam, 40,000 crabs in Britain, 2 million dead fish in the Chesapeake Bay…
In what was perhaps one of the most tragic instances of animal deaths, the beloved Twitter bird was found dead among the thousands of blackbirds in Arkansas.
Someone posted a link to this Google Map that is tracking the mass, unexplained animal deaths around the world. The mass deaths are more than a little unsettling when you see them all displayed around the world like this.
Needless to say, end-of-the-world theorists are pointing to this as definitive signs that time is short for everyone on this planet while end-times scholars are trying to find new ways to interpret these animal deaths according to verses in Revelations.
Before anyone gets too carried away, it’s important to remember that mass animal deaths like this occur all the time.
On average, 163 such events are reported to the federal government each year, according to USGS records.
And there have been much larger die-offs than the 3,000 blackbirds in Arkansas. Twice in the summer of 1996, more than 100,000 ducks died in Canada.
But that explanation is too boring. The end of the world makes for much better conversation around the water cooler, right?
Just for fun, let’s jump on the conspiracy bandwagon for a minute.
What do YOU think is to blame for all these unexplained animal deaths around the world? Military Experiments? Global Warming? Signs of the times from Revelations? Glen Beck?
Weigh in with your explanation below… (the more far-fetched, the better)
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