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Aflockalypse Now? Not Really, Experts Say

DEAD BIRDS-LOUISIANA
Advocate staff photo by LIZ CONDO. Photo shot on 01/03/11. Trax No. 10022772A /  A dead Starling, left, and Red-winged Blackbird lay along the side of the Morganza Hwy. in New Roads. Hundreds of birds were found dead and dying along a half mile stretch of the road Monday. No cause of death has yet been reported.

DEAD BIRDS-LOUISIANA Advocate staff photo by LIZ CONDO. Photo shot on 01/03/11. Trax No. 10022772A / A dead Starling, left, and Red-winged Blackbird lay along the side of the Morganza Hwy. in New Roads. Hundreds of birds were found dead and dying along a half mile stretch of the road Monday. No cause of death has yet been reported.

Mass animal deaths reported around the world in the last week have been causing world-wide alarm and speculation.

In the United States, the animal deaths gained media attention when up to 5,000 blackbirds in Arkansas mysteriously fell out of the sky, 360 miles south of Beebe, Ark.  

A few days later an estimated 500 red-winged blackbirds and starlings were found dead in Louisiana- a short distance away from where the other 5,000 plummeted to their deaths. More animal deaths were reported in Tennessee.

Signs of the "Aflockalypse," as some are calling it, are popping up all over the globe.  

According to the Associated Press, approximately two million dead fish were found in the Chesapeake Bay off Maryland, thousands of dead fish off the coast of Florida, 150 tons of dead Red Tilapia have died in Vietnam, 100 Tons of Dead Fish are washing up off the coast of Brazil, and 40,000 dead crabs in the United Kingdom.

So were the Mayans right in their prediction of the end of the world in 2012? Well, while no one really knows, experts say these animal deaths are a normal occurrence.

According to Fox News, 95 wildlife die-offs have occurred in North America in the last eight months and experts say that number is largely underestimated.

Dr. Michio Kaku, one of the world's premiere Physicists, says that these things happen all the time. 

In the last 30 years there have been 16 incidents of Blackbird die-offs all over the world.  Overall, on average 163 general animal-die offs happen every year," Kaku said in an interview on America Live with Megyn Kelly.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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