Everyone's talking about the thousands of fish and fowl that are turning up dead in two small towns in Arkansas.
Like a scene out of Hitchcock's classic movie 'The Birds,' 5,000 dead birds literally dropped out of the sky just before midnight on New Year's Eve in Beebe, Arkansas.
Was it a sign of Biblical proportions?
As news of the strange occurrences swept around the world, experts floated theories as to what they believe may have killed the birds:
"There were multiple thunderstorms that night and for several days that week," said Dr. George Badley, state veterinarian for the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission. "Red-winged blackbirds fly in large groups and if they got pulled into a thunderstorm, likely lightning struck them. That would be my best guess." 1
Others say fireworks could be the culprit.
But Keith Stephens, a spokesman for the Game and Fish Commission, told Reuters that he had yet to see any sign of injury on birds that were collected.
That's not all: there's the 100,000 dead fish that floated to the surface of the Arkansas River near a town called Ozark last week.
Certainly such a massive fish kill couldn't be the result of hail or fireworks. And even if it was -- as some experts call it, "a stress event," how weird is it that the birds and fish all died in the same geographical area?
This might be a good time to get right with God...