WISCONSIN LAB CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR STRANGE BIRD DEATHS
January 9 2011
Madison, WI – Prophecy of the end of times is replete with stories of plagues, sometimes taking the form of dead animals suddenly and mysteriously appearing. Over the last week much of the fears that brings to the surface were very much
present throughout the world as reports of a number of incidents of dead animals – blackbirds in Louisiana and Arkansas, turtle doves in Italy, fish in New Zealand – started to appear across the world. With no ready explanation, many naturally turned to the idea that the end of times had indeed come.
Such fears of course are not without precedent or even prescience, as evidenced in Hosea 4:1-3 ‘The land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea are swept away’. While such prophecies aren’t limited to the Bible, that has been the fallback for many people who have been confident that this very strange series of events may be portending not only the end of times, but also the return of the saviour and the rapture. While such an eventuality may or may not be in our future, it is seen by many as unlikely that these events are a result of such a happening, particularly after a Wisconsin lab claimed responsibility for at least one of the incidents.
“They died of impact force to their bodies. It's believed that the noise startled them-they are poor night fliers-and they were in close proximity to neighborhoods, and they flew into homes and cars. I think the two events are a coincidence,” said Scott Wright of the National Wildlife Health Center, referencing the blackbird deaths. “These types of events are not unusual. It is strange that they are clustered like this and that has certainly garnered a lot of attention but the actual events are not that unusual. Frankly, it was poor planning on all our parts.”
While the lab did not name other facilities which may have been responsible for the other deaths, such mass killings happen routinely throughout the year.
“It’s not widely known but it’s fairly common for different organizations to experiment with these kinds of mass killings, labs all over the world do it. There is a great deal of scientific value to this kind of thing, particularly seeing how systems respond to traumatic events, but often they aren’t caught up on by the public. Part of that was the fact that it happened in populated areas and part of it was it being a slow news period,” said Scrape TV Science analyst Dr. Howard Poe. “It’s likely this particular lab conducted this single experiment and that totally different facilities killed all those other animals, though we won’t know until they come forward and claim responsibility. Until then, these things remain a question and more may happen.”
The Wisconsin lab was also responsible for the death 4500 bats in Pennsylvania last year.
“This of course does not preclude the possibility of the apocalypse. I mean scientifically speaking there is no basis for such a fear, but the reality is that no mythology has ever said that these events would occur without the hand of man. It could very well be that whatever power is organizing the apocalypse is working through people,” continued Poe. “The mere fact that humans had a hand in these events is not, unto itself, proof that apocalypse isn’t coming. From a scientific perspective we have to be open to all possibilities including the notion that science itself is being used to bring about the end.”
It’s believed certain parts of ancient Mayan religion depicted the end beginning in Milwaukee, about one and half hours from Madison.
Anna Phillips, Science Correspondent