Dozens of Dead Birds Baffle Swedish City

Rescue chief Christer Olofsson holds a dead bird in Falkoping, Sweden Jan. 5, 2010. About 50 birds were found dead on the street there. AP Photo

STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Officials say about 50 birds have been found dead on a street in Sweden.

Veterinarian Robert ter Horst says the cause of jackdaws' deaths was unclear but that fireworks were set off near the scene Tuesday night.

The birds were found dead on Wednesday.

Ter Horst says cold weather, difficulties finding food and possible shock from the fireworks could be responsible, leading to the stressed birds either dying from the stress or being run over by vehicles.

Five of the dead jackdaws found in the city of Falkoping were being tested.

Mass bird deaths aren't uncommon.

Still, a recent string of such events has raised public interest, and even mostly-joking suggestions that the occurrences are signs of the apocalypse.

Around 5,000 blackbirds rained from the sky on New Year's Eve in Arkansas.

Some 500 birds littered a quarter-mile stretch of highway in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana.

Meanwhile, large fish kills were reported in Arkansas - near the site of the bird deaths - and Brazil.
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