In Mexico, a flock of birds mysteriously fell from the sky, many of which crashed into the pavement below and died. A viral video of this strange phenomenon shows how hundreds of yellow-headed blackbirds were seen dying on February 7. According to local news outlet El Heraldo de Chihuahua, which first reported the story, residents of Chihuahua in Mexico reported to police when they found a dead bird on the sidewalk.
lvaro Obregón’s sectional police said they started getting calls about dead birds at around 8.20 a.m. on Monday.
Footage from a security camera showed a flock of birds descending on homes in a massive black vortex. While some blackbirds managed to fly and many died. The video shows birds lying lifeless on the roads.
Hundreds of birds mysteriously plummet to their deaths in Chihuahua, Mexico. pic.twitter.com/j0JyP6ZcnM
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The footage has been viewed more than 1.4 million times on Twitter and has been widely shared on Facebook. Local officials could not immediately explain why the bird mysteriously fell from the sky – but the viral video gave rise to several theories.
According to USA Today, a veterinarian theorized that the birds either inhaled toxic fumes, possibly from a heater, or became electrocuted while sitting on power lines. Some people on social media also speculated that 5G could be the reason behind the mysterious deaths.
But Dr Richard Broughton, an ecologist at the UK Center for Ecology and Hydrology, told The Guardian that a bird of prey may be to blame for the incident.
“It seems that a raptor, like a peregrine or hawk, is chasing the herd, as they do with rumbling strings, and they have crashed because the herd was forced low,” he said. “You can see that they fly like a wave in the beginning, as if they are blowing from above,” he said.
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