At least, that's what Arkansas authorities are claiming.
While the thousands of dead fish that washed up along the Arkansas River's shore can't be solved, state wildlife officials announced Wednesday that they have a "theory" of what caused about 5,000 red-winged blackbirds to fall out of the sky.
They dissected, autopsied, hypothesized, theorized, and tested the fallen birds to rule out bacteria, viruses, heavy metals, pesticides and chemicals as causes of death only to come up with the most scientific answer they've been theorizing all along.
The big bang theory, or rather, loud noise theory.
Scientists determined it's likely that unusually loud noises reported before the birds began falling frightened them so much that they flew off in the dark and since birds can't see that well in the dark, the birds smacked, cracked, and crashed into buildings!
We guess it's POSSIBLE considering radar images show flights of blackbirds on two occasions on New Year's Eve suddenly taking off from a roost at Beebe estimated to contain 1.6 million birds.
5,000 out of 1.6 million is a plausible number of birds that may have gotten stuck flying low and hit a few tree branches or buildings in the dark.
A report from the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study said:
"In most instances, such traumatic injuries in wild birds are due to flying into stationary objects such as trees, houses, windows, power lines, towers, etc."
Or maybe they flew into the giant hand of God!
Officials admit they are stumped over the fish though, but at least know what DID NOT kill them, saying:
"We can say conclusively that the drum were not killed from a bacterial or viral infection, or from parasites."
The test results have at least revealed there isn't something in the water and it is still safe for humans.
Game and Fish Commission assistant fisheries chief Chris Racey said:
"Unfortunately, we probably will never know exactly what killed these fish, but the testing has eliminated the largest public concerns of disease, parasites and toxins. We have no reason to think fish caught in the Arkansas River are unsafe to eat."
Based on these theories, we don't consider this mystery solved by any means, but at least we find comfort that there isn't some kind of crazy disease going around that could affect us.
What about U?
Are U satisfied with the Arkansas wildlife official's explanation?
[Image via AP Images.]
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