Turtle Doves Poisoned by Sunflower Seeds


Last week, following the sudden deaths of 5,000 blackbirds, 2 million fish, and 40,000 crabs, a scientist explained that mass deaths of creatures actually occur all the time, and it's not a sign of the pending apocalypse. We're just reporting on it more now because of the Internet, he said, and it's becoming one of those media trends, blown out of proportion. But this latest report cannot go unmentioned: one thousand turtle doves fell dead from the sky in Italy with strange blue stains on their beaks. Turtle doves, like, the animals with plaintive voices that have become universal symbols of love. And this part, while confirming that their deaths aren't apocalyptic, does not make us feel better:

"The most likely cause are discarded sunflower seeds that were found on an industrial estate close to where the bodies of the turtle doves were found. In essence the birds were greedy, ate too many of the seeds and this brought on the indigestion that led to their death."

Delicious sunflower seeds just killed a flock of innocent turtle doves. It might not be the literal end of the world, but it's pretty close.

Overeating and indigestion blamed for 1,000 turtle doves falling dead [Daily Mail UK]