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10,000 Birds Fall From Sky - China
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Posted on 05/28/2004 2:43:20 AM PDT by Fast5

10,000 birds fall from sky From correspondents in China

MORE than 10,000 birds died mysteriously in eastern China's Jiangsu province, dropping like rain from the sky, state media reported yesterday.

Farmers and other witnesses in Sangongdian village in Taizhou city saw flocks of bramble finch suddenly fall from the sky on Tuesday, the Beijing Youth Daily said.

Most of the birds were dead when they hit the ground and some were injured, it said. The birds look like sparrows and are small in size.

Officials from the local centre for disease prevention and control rushed to the scene. Samples from the birds were taken to a lab in nearby Nanjing city for testing to determine the cause of death.

Experts from the Jiangsu province agriculture department said that because the birds died while in flight, the cause of death may have been contamination in their food, water or environment.

They did not immediately say whether there was any connection with the spreading bird flu outbreak in Asia.

At least 12 of China's 31 provinces have confirmed or suspected outbreaks of the avian influenza, which has devastated flocks across Asia and killed 11 people in Vietnam and five in Thailand.

China, the world's second-largest producer and fifth-largest exporter of chicken meat, has culled millions of birds in an attempt to halt the march of the disease.


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: birds; callingartbell
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To: Imal

I suspect you are right....test run?


41 posted on 05/28/2004 7:47:34 AM PDT by smiley
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To: Fast5

Damn! I knew I shouldn't have installed that cloaking device on the Goodyear blimp.


42 posted on 05/28/2004 10:24:38 AM PDT by myheroesareDeadandRegistered
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To: smiley; Sender

I'm guessing Sender is right: just another day at the Happy Meal toy factory.

Or perhaps a little "oops" at the People's Liberation Army Subatomic Baby Milk Research Concern.


43 posted on 05/28/2004 3:07:30 PM PDT by Imal (Enough of this! Let's hear more about Abu Ghraib.)
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To: Fast5

This sounds like a typical day of whitewing dove hunting in Mexico.


44 posted on 05/28/2004 3:10:34 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: MrsEmmaPeel
relying on my GPS

GPS will be fine. That car compass on your dashboard won't be much good, though.

45 posted on 05/28/2004 3:11:54 PM PDT by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts; proofs establish links)
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To: Fast5

Wouldn't it be a cool "X-Files" episode if they determined that all the birds died from blunt force trauma?


46 posted on 05/28/2004 3:14:20 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (`,,`,,Election '04...It's going to be a bumpy ride,,`,,`)
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To: Sender
True, avian flu would not cause a flock to fall out of the sky.

Well, not all in one spot, but if you've ever seen a small bird take ill and die...it can look fine and then a couple minutes later be dead.

47 posted on 05/28/2004 3:24:52 PM PDT by steve86
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To: Fast5

..and God noted!


48 posted on 05/28/2004 3:25:56 PM PDT by Young Werther
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To: SpyGuy
Don't you know: it's global warming.

They were already roasted before they hit the ground?

Yummmm.

49 posted on 05/28/2004 3:27:51 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Free the GRPL 3)
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To: Fast5

Who left the lab door open?!


50 posted on 05/28/2004 3:32:59 PM PDT by hummingbird ("If it wasn't for the insomnia, I could have gotten some sleep!")
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To: BearWash

Birds have a high metabolism and things can happen fast...but what are the odds of an entire flock of thousands of birds all succumbing to the flu at the same instant...while they are all feeling chipper enough to fly?


51 posted on 05/28/2004 3:34:12 PM PDT by Sender (To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. -Confucius)
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To: chainsaw

Maybe China helped hide WMD's for Iraq....little accident happened....?


52 posted on 05/28/2004 3:34:29 PM PDT by hummingbird ("If it wasn't for the insomnia, I could have gotten some sleep!")
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To: Fast5

You guys are all wrong... It's a cleverly devised promotional gimmick for the movie "The Day After Tomorrow"


53 posted on 05/28/2004 3:37:10 PM PDT by RUCKUS INC. (WMDs don't kill people, Saddam Hussein kills people!)
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To: CROSSHIGHWAYMAN
Its Bush's fault!

And Nixon's too!

Now, now.......
Let's not forget Reagan.

54 posted on 05/28/2004 3:39:09 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (This Tagline for sale. (Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: Fast5

And two thousand portions of Kung Pao Chicken were ready about 10-15 minutes later.


55 posted on 05/28/2004 3:41:38 PM PDT by Petronski (They could choose between shame and war: Some chose shame, but got war anyway.)
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To: BearWash
10,000 birds:

If it rained birds over an acre in a minute, that would be one thing, but if it rained birds over 100 square miles in a day, it might be hard to know anything had happened.

56 posted on 05/28/2004 3:50:06 PM PDT by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts; proofs establish links)
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