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Massive Dolphin Die-Off Mystery Solved!!

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This is so crazy, but dolphins have been dying at an alarming rate… and no one knew why.

From New York to North Carolina, 357 dolphins have died between July 1st and August 26th of just this year!

There are normally only about 36 deaths during that time!!

That's awful?? What's going no?!

Apparently, it's a virus! Scientists have just discovered the morbillivirus, similar to measles, is weakening dolphins' immune systems.

The outbreak cannot spread to humans, so we're safe, but dolphins are still dying and there's no way to immunize wild dolphins!

Oh no! We better figure out some way to help them! Poor dolphins…

Check out the video (above) to learn a little more about this scary situation.

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How Parasites Are Turning Nature Into Zombieland!

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It's funny how the smallest creatures can turn the world into ravenous, mindless, brain eating zombies….

Scientists are beginning to discover why parasites can take over their hosts and force them to do their bidding.

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The World's Most Dangerous Animal Is…

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So, out of all the species in the world…which one is most likely to kill everything???

While most would say that humans are the Most Dangerous Game AND the Most Dangerous Animal, it's actually something that has wings.

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(Caterpillar) Zombies Have Risen!

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A new study unveiled the discovery of a virus that takes contorl of caterpillar's brains.

Once the virus has control it makes them climb to the treetops, then liquifies their bodies.

Their liquid body then pours down onto the ground, infecting all the lower leaves with the virus, ensuring the spread of the virus.

A researcher said that:

"[The virus] ends up using just about all of the caterpillar to make more virus, and there are other genes in the virus that then make the caterpillar melt. So it becomes a pool of millions of virus particles that end up dropping onto the foliage below where it can infect other moths that eat those leaves."

“Zombification” has been seen in insects before but usually because of a fungus, not a virus.

And we all know what viruses can do.

Mutate then spread to humans!

Srsly though, don’t worry, the virus only infects invertebrates…

…for now.

[Image via Mark Readman/WENN.]

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NYC's First Case Of West Nile Virus Found In Mosquitoes

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NYC's First Case Of West Nile Virus Found In Mosquitoes

First Jersey Shore now West Nile??

The city's first case of the West Nile virus has been detected in mosquitoes in Eltingville, according to the NYC Health Department.

So far, no human cases have been found this season in the five boroughs.

The Health Department said it has increased mosquito surveillance and mosquito larvae control efforts in the area where the mosquitoes were found.

West Nile virus has returned to New York City, but simple precautions can help protect you and your family,”

the Health Commissioner warned.

Oh Staten Island, what nastiness will you breed next?

[Image via WENN.]

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Stressed Show Horses May Spread Herpes

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stressed Show Horses May Spread Herpes

Be careful Camilla!

According to animal health experts equine herpes (a highly contagious infection among horses that can be fatal) may spread when stressed out show horses come together for competitions.

That appears to have helped fuel the current equine herpes outbreak, which has killed at least 12 horses and sickened 72 others in 10 states so far. These states include Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Utah and Washington.

Philip Johnson, a professor of equine internal medicine at the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine stated:

"Most adult horses are infected with the virus."

GROSS! The prof went on to say:

"Like most herpes viruses — human and animal — infection leads to a life-long association between the virus and the host. In most healthy horses most of the time, the host's immune system prevents the virus from going active and being especially contagious."

Still gross.

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Dead Birds In Arkansas Solved!

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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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