Mass die off of #birds ‘mysteriously’ falling dead from sky in #Somerset, #UK
Pigeons have been found lying dead in their droves around the centre of Wells, in Somerset.
Many of the dead birds were found scattered on rooftops, in fountains and around the historical Cathedral Green.
It has sparked fears of a widespread epidemic.
And birds falling from the sky is seen by some as a sign of the end times as foretold in the Bible.
Birds were also pecked to pieces and half-eaten by other animals and birds including seagulls.
Former Mayor of Wells, Celia Wride, suspected something strange was happening in the city after members of the public reported sightings of dead pigeons on pavements and roads.
Mrs Wride said: “For the last few weeks, dead pigeons are appearing everywhere.
“One lady found three dead in her garden and my daughter and I saw one late one evening just lying on the pavement near our house.
“They have no apparent injuries and are intact.
“Several ladies told of an incident where one poor bird fell out of the sky and landed on a lady carrying a cup of coffee.”
Mrs Wride went on to rule out foul play but speculated the reason behind the deaths could be due to a parasitic disease.
“According to my local informant who is also the current Beat Manager, PC Dan Williams, we have discovered what may be the cause – ‘canker’.
“The RSPB say that the disease is easily passed within the pigeon population as they are such sociable creatures.”
Canker is caused by a tiny organism called a protozoan. It is a disease that is easily transmitted from bird to bird.
Courtesy of dailystar.co.uk