More than 100 dead birds were recently found in a cluster near Highway 101 in the Wine Country region of California.These CA bird deaths are just the latest in a string of puzzling mass animal die-offs that have occurred over the past month. On New Year's Eve, up to 5,000 red-winged blackbirds fell from the sky in Central Arkansas. Some 300 miles away, about 500 birds were later found dead in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana.During this same general time period, 700-1,000 turtle doves fell from the sky in Italy,two million dead fish washed up on the shores of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland. Forty thousand devil crabs also washed up dead along the Kent coast in the U.K.Most animal experts believe the events are not connected, but Google Maps is now tracking the recent animal deaths. Even if "Aflockalypse" is not really upon us, dead or ailing animals can indicate significant threats to human health. Three-quarters of all recent emerging infectious diseases in people began as animal infections, most of them in wildlife.
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