Saturday, January 22, 2011
CBS4 You Reporter Stacia Shane sent in pictures of dozens of dead birds she found on I-25.
The birds were found near Dacono.
More than one hundred birds were found and most of them were under trees.
Health investigators picked up the birds and will try to determine how they died. Source
It was initially believed that cold weather may have caused the bird deaths, but then Yankton police received a call from the USDA, attesting that they had poisoned the birds at a feedlot 10 miles away, KTIV reports. Apparently, some 5,000 of the birds were defecating in the feed meal, posing a threat to the animals and farm workers, when the USDA decided killing them would be the best action to take. Read More...
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday said there have been 36 confirmed reports of seizures this flu season in children ages 6 months through 2 years. The seizures occurred within one day after they were vaccinated with Fluzone, the only flu shot recommended in the United States for infants and very young children.
Ten of the children were hospitalized, but all recovered.
Researchers at the Universite de Montreal and Environment Canada have discovered large quantities of antidepressants in the liver, muscle and brain tissues of brook trout exposed to three months of various levels of treated effluent from Montreal's sewage treatment plant.
According to the peer-reviewed study, which is published this week in the journal Chemosphere, most of the drug was found in liver tissue. Slightly less was found in the brain. The least amount was found in muscle, which is the filet eaten by humans.
UdeM professor Sebastien Sauve, a co-author of the study, said that because relatively small amounts are found in meat tissue, he is not worried that these fish pose a danger to humans.
Research during the last two decades has revealed that pharmaceutical drugs and personal care products are a major source of pollution in the marine environment. Even in very low concentrations, they have altered the ecosystems.
And a related story that further reveals how antidepressants are likely ending up in drinking water across the world:
Dead starlings found residents of the county Karacabey in Bursa province. On the road were dozens of carcasses of birds. Promptly reported the incident to local authorities launched an investigation of the incident.
Experts are currently conducting the necessary tests. However, while they failed to establish the cause of death of starlings. According to ITAR-TASS news agency, according to one version, the flock of birds could crash a few heavy-duty trucks, marching one after another.
Note: The first source link has the deaths as being in the "dozens", while the Russian link has the death toll in the "thousands". It just goes to show how inconsistent the reporting of the worldwide mass animal deaths is, and the lack of attention it's receiving, but should be.
Alternate Russian English News Link
Dozens of dead blackbirds, mallards and magpies have been found along the banks of the Xiaojing River, according to the Huang’jiu Ribao newspaper.
The video shows a verbal confrontation between Paul Figueiras and York Regional Police officers working summit duty in downtown Toronto, about a block from the security perimeter.
One officer tells Figueiras that police need to search his backpack, but he refuses.
"You haven't opened up your bag, so take off," the officer says to the man.
When the man refers to being in Canada, the officer replies: "This ain't Canada right now."
Figueiras told CBC News on Friday, "It certainly meant in that moment that this officer was saying to me, 'As far as I am concerned, you don't have civil rights,'"
He said at one point, the officer grabbed him and he had to back away.