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Hundreds of birds killed in hail storm in Ahmedabad, India

Sunday’s hailstorm killed a large number of birds. Parrots, kites and crows were among the 217 birds which died or were found critically injured at Vasna barrage, in Paldi and other parts of new west zone. At the Jeevdaya Charitable Trust, Gira Shah, one of the trustees of the veterinary hospital, was attending to 70 birds. 
“Casualty figures have crossed 200. It is one of the rare instances when hail has killed so many birds,” said Shah. Nanu Desai, an animal lover from Vasna barrage area, said: “Close to 60 crows in our neighborhood died. Around 22 parrots and 10 to 20 kites had also lost their lives.”
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20,000 birds dead, 180,000 to be killed due to bird flu in Wisconsin, USA

Bird Flu

A dangerous bird-flu strain that already has hit numerous turkey farms in the Midwest has now been identified in a Jefferson County chicken flock, marking the first case of the virus in a commercial chicken farm in the U.S. and its first appearance in Wisconsin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday.

Authorities stressed there was no risk to public health and no danger to the food supply from the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain, which was first detected in the region in Minnesota early last month.

No human cases have been found in the U.S. But as a precaution, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services is reaching out to workers who may have been exposed. Surveillance and testing also are underway at nearby farms.

Animal health officials have long said the virus is dangerous to all commercial poultry. The only surprise of it turning up in chickens is that it took so long, said Raechelle Cline, a spokeswoman for Wisconsin’s agriculture department.

The USDA said tests confirmed that a flock of about 200,000 chickens at an egg-laying facility in Jefferson County, has been infected.

The owner of the egg-laying facility found a dead bird about a week ago and sent it to a laboratory in Missouri for testing. After the initial diagnosis was avian flu, it was sent to another lab in Ames, Iowa, where the diagnosis was confirmed, Cline said.

About 20,000 chickens already have died from the disease at the Jefferson County facility, and the remaining 180,000 will be killed to help prevent the disease from spreading, according to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

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Hundreds of dead fish wash up on a lake in Connecticut, USA

Hundreds of dead fish washed up along Wethersfield shore. (WFSB)
Hundreds of dead fish washed up along Wethersfield shore. (WFSB)
Hundreds of dead sunfish and bass washed up along a popular Wethersfield trail and many fishermen and runners have complained about the smell.  
Many people told Eyewitness News they noticed hundreds of dead fish washed up under a bridge near the Griswold Reservoir, which is off Highland Street, this weekend. On Monday, Wethersfield resident Mandela Graves was out for a run when she saw it. 
“It’s just not very appealing. I probably won’t go back there,” Graves said. “It’s just gross.” 
However, her biggest complaint was the smell. 
“It’s not pretty, it smells really bad,” Graves said. 
Town officials told Eyewitness News they know about the problem and said it’s due to our harsh winter. The thick layer of ice left no oxygen for the fish and with all the melting, the fish are now washing up.
The town said they’ve been in contact with officials at the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and the local health district.
Both DEEP and health officials agree to let nature take it’s course by letting them flow out or get eaten by wild animals.
However, for those who enjoy the area such as Graves, they said they wish it could be cleaned up.
“I think it’s unfortunate because it is a really pretty area,” Graves said. “You don’t know how long that is going to take and it would be nice to be cleaned and smelling decent.”
The town said this is the second time in four years this has happened.
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Massive die off of jellyfish washed up on Rockaway Beach, Oregon, USA

(Photo: Don Best)
Thousands of jellyfish-like creatures were seen piled up on Rockaway Beach Sunday morning in what appeared to be a massive die-off.
The animals are called Velella velella. They’re like a cousin to the jellyfish.
They are commonly called “purple sailors,” “little sail,” and “by the wind sailors.”
The die-offs occur each spring along beaches from Oregon to California.
Velella velella typically live in the open ocean, but when warm water and storms draw them near shore, the wind blows them onto beaches, where they die in piles.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife says Velella velella do sting their prey while in the water, but they are harmless to humans.
The creatures are like a cousin to the jellyfish.
The creatures are like a cousin to the jellyfish. (Photo: Don Best)
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Hundreds of thousands of fish have died suddenly in fish ponds in Guangdong, China

10.04.15 Fish Kill In China
The morning of April 10, Huizhou Tong Hu Zhen Zhong Kai in a 92 acres of fish ponds, shining white of dead fish floating in the water. According to ponds advocated strong introduction, starting from the afternoon of 8th, ponds are fish float to the surface and started a fish kill phenomena, as of press time, dead fish also is under investigation.
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150 dolphins stranded, majority dead on a beach in Japan

the dolphins on the sand
Around 150 melon-headed whales, members of the dolphin family, were found beached on Friday along six miles of sand in Hokota, north-east of Tokyo.
Most of the dolphins were found alive but extremely weak – sparking a frantic rescue mission to save them.
But despite efforts from dozens of rescuers and locals, only three of the trapped animals were saved and returned to the ocean.
Television footage from the scene showed people carrying buckets and pouring sea water over the dolphins, and even covering them with bath towels, to keep them from drying up.
The dolphins, some of which had deep gashes on their skin, were seen wobbling and moving their fins as rescuers gently rubbed them.
rescuers trying to save the dolphins
rescuers covering the dolphins in towels
The rescue mission lasted most of the day but was called off as darkness fell.
“It was becoming dark and too dangerous to continue the rescue work at this beach, where we could not bring heavy equipment,” said an unnamed Hokota city official.
“Many people volunteered to rescue them but the dolphins became very, very weak.”
He added: “Only three of them have been successfully returned to the sea, as far as we can confirm.”
Tadasu Yamada, a cetacean expert at the National Museum of Nature and Science, told the Japanese media that the dolphins may have had a physiological or psychological problem and faced an unknown threat and panicked.
Melon-headed whales, also known as electra dolphins, are common in Japanese waters and can grow to be nine-feet in length.
A similar yet smaller scale beaching of melon-headed whales occurred in 2011 when 50 of the creatures wound up on shore in Japan.
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1.2 Million birds dead due to avian flu, ‘scientists puzzled’, in Midwest USA

Bird Flu

A bird flu outbreak that has puzzled scientists spread to three more Midwest turkey farms, bringing the number of farms infected to 23 and raising the death toll to more than 1.2 million birds killed by the disease or by authorities scrambling to contain it.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed on Saturday that the H5N2 strain of avian influenza was found among 38,000 birds at a commercial farm in Kandiyohi County in west-central Minnesota. It’s the third confirmed outbreak in Kandiyohi, which is the top turkey producing county in the country’s top turkey producing state.
This was after the USDA confirmed late Friday that bird flu was found at two more South Dakota farms, saying it had infected a flock of 53,000 turkeys at a farm in McCook County and in a flock of 46,000 turkeys at a farm in McPherson County.
South Dakota State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven said crews were working Saturday to begin euthanizing any birds not killed by the highly contagious strain to prevent the virus from spreading.
Once those birds have been destroyed, the 23 farms in Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota, Missouri, Kansas and Arkansas will have lost more than 1.2 million turkeys, a small fraction of the 235 million turkeys produced nationally in 2014. Canadian officials also confirmed earlier in the week that a turkey farm in southern Ontario with 44,800 birds was hit, too.
Ken Rutledge, the CEO of Dakota Provisions, the only commercial turkey processing plant in South Dakota, said the more than 200,000 turkeys affected in the Dakotas so far account for about 5 percent of his total annual production.
“It probably will not impact our ability to service our customers, but is a serious impact in terms of lost volume at our plant and, obviously, is a severe impact to the growers themselves,” Rutledge said.
In Minnesota, turkey producers have now lost over 900,000 birds.
Scientists suspect migratory waterfowl such as ducks are the reservoir of the virus. They can spread it through their droppings. They’re still trying to determine how the virus has managed to evade the strict biosecurity that’s standard practice at commercial turkey farms. The virus can be carried into barns by workers or by rodents and wild birds that sneak inside.
Dr. Beth Thompson, assistant director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health, said the reason Minnesota has had so many cases has a lot to do with the fact that it’s the country’s top turkey producing state, and that it has a myriad of ponds and lakes that are attractive stopover places for migrating waterfowl such as ducks.
“We have to think about what Minnesota is. It’s the Land of 10,000 Lakes bringing the wild waterfowl into Minnesota, and we’re also number one in turkey production. I think that answers the question, that we do have a lot of turkey barns out there, and that is why we are seeing the infection rate we are in those facilities,” she told reporters Friday.
Officials stress the risk to public health is low and that there’s no danger to the food supply. No human cases have been detected in the U.S.
Because trucks and equipment provide a potential way to carry the virus onto farms, Minnesota Gov.
Mark Dayton signed an executive order Friday lifting seasonal weight restrictions for poultry feed trucks and trailers, and for emergency equipment being used in the response. His order said tightening biosecurity by reducing the number of trips to poultry farms is critical to lowering the risk of introducing the virus to non-infected farms.
While South Dakota’s taken a drubbing in the last two weeks, Oedekoven, the state veterinarian, said tests on poultry living in the 10-kilometer quarantine zones of the state’s first two farms have almost all come back without any signs of the disease. They’re still awaiting a few results.
And he said for the time being, no other possible cases are pending confirmation in the state.
“If we can get a couple nice days of sunshine here and have everybody just wash their boots and blow their nose, we’ll hope for the best,” he said.
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Large die off of fish in a river in Deli Serdang Regency, Indonesia

Fish Kill Alert

Tumpatan Nibung Villagers living in the District Batangkuis Blumai river mouth scramble for fish. This incident makes the river mouth Blumai packed riverside communities. This is done because the fish die in numbers seen at the river mouth.
Local residents say something like this already been running for two days.
Unfortunately, the local people do not know why the fish tail numbering in the hundreds of dead and stranded in the river mouth.
Asked about the exact numbers of dead fish, Hariono (39) are also citizens of the riverside states that he does not know the exact number of dead fish. “However, the public can take hundreds of fishes were predicted to have severe approaching tons,” he said.
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