I’m officially creeped out by all these dying fish, birds and crabs. I’d really like an explanation at some point but as we wait….Huffington Post wants to occupy our time with looking at other unrelated (and no where near as insane) mass animal deaths from the past. Hit the jump to see 10 other occurances including dogs commiting suicide, exploding frogs and more.
In the past fifty years, 50 to 600 dogs have jumped over Scotlandâ€™s Overtoun Bridge and plummeted to their deaths. A few years ago, five dogs jumped in under six months. The Daily Mail wrote an article featuring reports of horrified pet owners who walked their dog over the bridge, when suddenly the dog would, without warning, leap over the bridge, falling 50 ft to the rocky bottom below. Perhaps even more disturbing, there are reports of â€œsecond timersâ€ â€“ of the few dogs who have survived the fall, some jumped over the same bridge again. Many theories have circulated about why dogs react this way to the bridge. Some suggest that the dogs are deliberately committing suicide, perhaps due to depression in their owners or even a supernatural force. More recent research suggests that it may be the scent of minks, an animal known to live under the bridge.
LiveScience reports that in 2005, over 1,000 toads exploded in Germany. An autopsy revealed that birds had eaten their livers, causing the toads to puff up and explode. Perhaps the birds were hired by Hannibal Lecter.
In a pretty strong argument that sheep really do follow blindly, hundreds of sheep followed each other over a cliff in Turkey in 2005. According to the BBC, 400 sheep died, but another 1,100 falling sheep survived the pileup due to bodies cushioning their 15-meter fall. The mass â€œsheep suicideâ€ devastated villagers in the eastern Van province, as families had relied heavily on their sheep for survival. USA Today suggests that it was an estimated loss of $100,000. What we want to know is, if all the sheep were following each other blindly, which stupid sheep was leading them all?
In 2005, National Geographic reported that thousands of jumbo squid were found beached in California. The death of these â€œRed Devilsâ€ remains a mystery – they may live at depths of over 2,000 feet, so itâ€™s hard to learn much about them. In life or death.
In the past few weeks, thousands of birds and millions of fish have been found dead across the globe. Mass numbers of dead fish have appeared in Maryland, Arkansas, Brazil, and New Zealand. Meanwhile, a crazy number of dead birds have been found in Arkansas, Louisianna, Kentucky, and Sweden. Theories range from fireworks to the apocalypse. Weâ€™re hoping itâ€™s the former.
Time Magazine reports that in 2009, birds of many varieties died in mass numbers in Chile. Thousands of flamingos, 1,200 penguins, and about 60 pelicans all were found dead over the course of two months. There has been no proven reason for why all of these birds died, although some theories point to global warming, pollution, overfishing, or the unusually hot weather.
One eery Sunday night in 2009, nearly 200 pilot whales stranded themselves on an island between Australiaâ€™s mainland and Tasmania, reports the BBC. A few months earlier, over 150 pilot whales had beached themselves on Tasmaniaâ€™s west coast. One theory suggests that there may have been a disturbance in echo-location due to nearby humans.
National Geographic reports that an estimated 10,000 Wildebeest lay piled up dead along the banks of Kenya last October. The animals all drowned while trying to migrate across the river, resulting in one percent of the ENTIRE species population being lost. We canâ€™t help but wonderâ€¦ after the first one, two, even 5,000 wildebeest drowned, why did the rest of them still decide to enter the water?
Forget mass deaths that happened last year, even last century. This mass animal death really redefines â€œmass.â€ 65 million years ago, NASA reports that the Chicxulub crater was formed when an asteroid or comet slammed into the earth, wiping out over 50% of the Earthâ€™s species. Dinosaurs didnâ€™t just die in mass, they went extinct. Makes a few thousand bird deaths seem like a drop in the bucket, doesnâ€™t it?
LiveScience reports that a shower of frogs may have fallen to the ground in the early 20th century. The report is based on a book by Charles Fort, who describes the phenomenon as â€œa shower of frogs which darkened the air and covered the ground for a long distance.â€ While this event occurred during a rainstorm in Kansas City, Missouri, similar reports popped up in dozens of countries around the world, from Germany to Tahiti. Scientists believe it is possible that strong winds may have carried the light animals short distances, creating the appearance of a frog shower.