Birds plummeted onto cars and some even hit locals in front of Hospital Ribera Juan Cardona in the city of Ferrol, Spain. – Photo: Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images
Hundreds of starling birds have been found dead on the sidewalks, after fall from the sky “like rain” in Ferrol, Spain.
Birds plummeted onto cars and some even hit locals in front of the Ribera Juan Cardona Hospital in the city of Ferrol around 9 am on November 26.
At the time, it was thought that the birds had likely been electrocuted or had died from bird flu; however, investigating authorities have ruled out both causes, leaving locals baffled.
According to the 20 Minutos news portal, 127 dead specimens and some surviving birds were sent to the Oleiros Wildlife Recovery Center in the city of La Coruña for analysis.
The report said the surviving birds were found in a “state of decomposition” and had an “inability to fly” with obvious trauma to their wings and legs.
Due to the condition of the surviving starlings, “they were treated with nutritional supplements and treatment of obvious lesions.”
To determine if the birds were poisoned, samples were taken for “toxicological analysis of brain, heart, lung, trachea, kidney and intestine tissues” that are currently “awaiting results.”
However, experts concluded that the deaths could not have been caused by bird flu because “they cannot be related to a viral, bacterial or parasitic infection,” and electrocution was also ruled out.
It comes after hundreds of crows were killed and plummeted in front of shocked villagers in “apocalyptic” scenes in Russia in September.
According to local residents, the village “was strewn with the bodies of black birds” in Ust-Tarka, Novosibirsk region.
Bezformata reported that seeing dead birds fall from the sky has “caused anxiety among residents.”
Sergei Kuzlyakin, chief physician of the Ust-Tarksk veterinary department, told local media that tests have been carried out to establish the cause of the mass death of birds. He noted that apparently no other birds and animals had been harmed, only crows in Russia.