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recluse ~'s List: Mysterious Animals Deaths

    • A virus in the Great Lakes region of the U.S. threatens 19 species of fish,
    • and may harm New York state's $2 billion-a-year sports-fishing economy.

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    • Seabirds rarely seen on the Oregon coast have been washing up dead in unusually high numbers over the past month
    • The birds are starving, with empty stomachs and breast muscles shrinking as their ailing bodies burn muscle tissue to survive, say people who have found and examined the birds.


      "They also feel lighter than they should," said Mike Patterson, an independent researcher in Astoria who keeps track of the trends.

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    • Numbers of hen and cow have died in Baria Kali Mitti due to outburst of unknown virus .
    • resulting in death of hen, cow and others pet animals
    • More than 200 cattle have died in the western division of New South Wales over the past few months from a mystery disease.
    •   "The first animals that are affected usually are calves, they might show things like just being off colour, or there might be a bit of scouring over a couple of days and then, you know, they'll die quite quickly," he said.

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    • I was having a cup of tea in the kitchen when I heard  a 'brief' blurb on the news telling of a million fish that had died in  the Colorado River (covering an area of 7 miles). The reason given was  'lack of oxygen'. I waited to hear more on evening broadcasts (pictures)  and there was NOTHING ­ just that 30 second announcement.
    • Corporate polluters, military  testing (sonar), corporate HOG farmers, etc, take precedence over the  health of the nation and our waters...
    • Nine pygmy rabbits died at Northwest Trek near Eatonville during during the past month as an unexplained disease swept through the endangered population.
    • The cause of the rabbits' deaths is unknown, but "the situation is being handled as a highly contagious, acutely lethal disease," according to a news release.


      They were of normal weight and eating well before their deaths, the release said.


      There "were no visible signs of distress or abnormal behavior within hours" of their deaths.

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    • That number is double the annual average of whale bodies usually found washed ashore.
    • The Junta de Andalucía’s Animal Recovery Centre is on alert because of the problem, and is concerned that the real number of deaths could be far higher.
    • The number of mysterious duck deaths is higher and more widespread than first thought and the problem is not just limited to the Metro wastewater treatment plant
    • A document from the Colorado Department of Health shows that not only have dead ducks turned up at the metro Denver plant, but also along the South Platte River. Wastewater treatment plants in Thornton, South Adams County, Westminster, Northglenn, and Littleton-Englewood have also reported a higher than normal number of duck deaths.

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    • Experts from around the world are launching a campaign to tackle a mysterious killer fungus - which threatens to make frogs extinct. 

       The strange fungus has wiped out 170 species of frog in the last decade and an additional 1,900 species are threatened, but nobody has yet found a cure.

    • 'This is the precedent of a disease working its way across an entire species on the scale of all mammals, all birds or all fish. 

       'Humans would be absolutely stupid if they didn't pay attention to that.' 

       Amphibians - of which frogs make up the majority - are a vital part of the food chain, eating insects that other animals don't touch and connecting the world of aquatic animals to land dwellers.  

       Without amphibians, the insects that would go unchecked would threaten public health and food supplies.

    • Authorities in Costa Rica said Tuesday they are investigating the mysterious deaths of about 500 brown pelicans along the country's Pacific coast over the last five days but do not suspect bird flu was the cause.
    • "This is a situation that is enormously worrisome," Costa Rican Environment Minister Roberto Dobles said.
    • mass death of poultries was observed in several yards
    • Besides, a lot of dead fowls were found in the water basins of the village, as well as in the ponds on the neutral strip on border with Iran.

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    • there's still no word on what caused the deaths of more than 60 birds.
    • Preliminary tests showed no dangerous chemicals in the area, and the bird flu has been ruled out.

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    • On December 13, 2006, national news reported that over 2,000 mallard ducks were discovered dead along a remote creek outside of Oakley, Idaho, which is about 180 miles southeast of Boise and just north of the Utah border. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) has determined that the cause of the birds dying, which included one American Widgeon and one pintail duck, was aspergillosis, a fungal infection that may have resulted from the ducks ingesting grain or water contaminated with the aspergillus fungus.
    • A similar die-off of mallard ducks occurred last year at a pond near Waterloo, Iowa. It was also determined that the cause was aspergillosis. Iowa happens to be the state that grows a lot of genetically modified corn and is the number 1 producer of corn in the U.S. Iowa farmers also apply bio-solids liberally to their farmland.

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    • THOUSANDS of birds have fallen from the skies over Esperance and no one knows why.
    • A string of autopsies in Perth have shed no light on the mystery.

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    • Joe Cordaro, a wildlife biologist with the National Marine  Fisheries Service, said he couldn't recall a similar spate of blue whale  deaths off California or anywhere else. "There's something a little  different going on right now," he said, "and we don't know what  it is."
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