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17 crows, 1 pigeon found dead on Yokohama street

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Health authorities on Tuesday were trying to determine what killed 17 crows and one pigeon whose bodies were found on the street in Yokohama earlier in the day.

According to police, the birds were found dead at around 8 a.m. in a 200-meter radius in an entertainment district about 400 meters from JR Kannai Station. NTV quoted police as saying there were no external injuries on the birds.

Health authorities said there was no sign of bird flu and believe the birds must have ingested poison of some kind.

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Possibly the spikes in Cs 134/137 over Tokyo the last two months.

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My wife heard about this via the Japanese media about 30 minutes ago. She had a conniption fit.

Now get ready for nearly everyone in Yokohama/Japan to break out the surgical masks.

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That is scary... lets hope its just your average "I hate all living things and Im going to poison them" ojisan at work instead.

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Here's hoping it's just a crazy with an air rifle. If so, he's welcome to come to my neighborhood, where the pterodactyls have been particularly raucous of late.

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Probably poison given the tight radius.

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Must have been a hell of fight. One pigeon against 17 crows, at least...

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Perhaps they had their beaks in a fugu restaurant's waste bin?

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Stress killed them.

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Harry_Gatto

Just to let other people know, the poisonous parts of fugu at a fugu restaurant is kept in a bin under lock and key and can only be disposed by registered experts.

Having said that I agree with Graham that someone had poisoned them although I wonder how it killed the pigeon.

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I would guess a hobby hunter was on the run

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they are scavengers, most likely something they ate or maybe some ojiisan poisoned them because he got tired of cleaning up their mess after they scatter all those garbage in search of food. Seriously hope not kind of virus.

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Seems to be a case of poisoning (maybe from bird food), the radius is too small for biological infection, and there are no external injuries. Only autopsy report would reveal the cause. Hope it's not some Sarin test by a crazy cult!!!

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A friend and I once saw a Japanese policeman spend 20 minutes investigating the death of a pigeon. He was writing things down in his note book, meaduring the distance if the pigeon from the footpath and writing on the road with chalk. For a country with very inhumane pet shops and a pretty disgusting record of managing fisheries, it's amazing how seriously they take the death of birds...

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Well, the birds could have gotten into something, but why don't "health authorities" test the birds so that we can know one way or another if bird flu is responsible? That's a heck of a thing to make wild guesses about.

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Well pigeon, that's what you get for hanging with the wrong crowd.

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Just to let other people know, the poisonous parts of fugu at a fugu restaurant is kept in a bin under lock and key and can only be disposed by registered experts.

Yes, that's what should happen but it won't be the first time that animals have been poisoned this way.

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It can not be a bird flu based on the tight radius. If it was bird flu the birds would not all die at the same time and definitely not in the same area unless they were in a cage which they were not. Poison is the only possibility. It is on the news now and they are saying 20 died.

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Possibility of someone using the bird flu scare to spread some panic but analysis will determine the cause of their deaths.

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Caw! Coo!

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A sign of the apocalypse

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Obviously worth checking out properly, but the most likely explanation is someone just got fed up with the crows, crows in Japan are an absolute nuisance and dangerous too, I have been full on attacked by one just for walking down the street minding my own business.

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JR Kannai Station

Kannai is right in the heart of the Chinese population in Yokohama... Not a good Sign...

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@Chin4Sailor:

Are you saying the birds got the flu from the chinese?

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A friend and I once saw a Japanese policeman spend 20 minutes investigating the death of a pigeon. He was writing things down in his note book, meaduring the distance if the pigeon from the footpath and writing on the road with chalk. For a country with very inhumane pet shops and a pretty disgusting record of managing fisheries, it's amazing how seriously they take the death of birds...

Actually, I've been told Japanese police really have nothing better to do, so they investigate things down to the very small details. A professor I had in Japan told me and a few people about how his wife crashed her car because of a sneezing fit and when the police came they seriously had her go back through and point out all the spots where she sneezed and they marked it as part of the investigation. So ya, 100% true story, they just don't have anything better to do.

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Health officials should test the dead birds for possible West Nile Virus infections. Dead birds is an early warning sign which indicates WNV may be present in an area. Last year, here in San Antonio, Texas, we had a WNV outbreak which resulted in several people becoming ill andor dying because of the virus.

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A murder of crows?

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A murder of crows?

Accurate and punny.. well done!

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The thing is, there have been crow deaths recently in other parts of the world, and some have been attributed to bird flu or West Nile virus. Previously, bird flu couldn't affect humans, but it would be disastrous for poultry and other birds even without that. I hope they test and report findings soon.

http://m.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/crow-deaths-in-bengal-raise-spectre-of-bird-flu/article2893215.ece/?maneref=http://www.google.com/search?q=crow%2520deaths%2520bird%2520flu

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J bird flu?

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If it was just in one small area, they were probably poisoned or given stomach laxatives. People do these kinds of things.

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17 cows and one pigeon dead. The article followed up by saying that according to police the BIRDS (in plural) were found dead at around 8 AM.

Firstly really how many bird or birds were dead. My understanding was that Bird flu was not able to transfer from bird to cow, so health authority is correct and have this under control.

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Is it possible that this is a natural phenomena relating to fluctuations in the earths magnetic field lines that made these birds fall out of the sky? Many animal species possess a built-in compass that locates magnetic north, often demonstrated in the migratory patterns of birds. My question is: Can highly localized disturbances in these fields confuse birds in flight? Some witness accounts in North America suggested something along those lines (at least in my reckoning) like one last year in Arkansas for instance. Some witnesses reported seeing a flock of birds fly straight into the ground at full flight velocity. As if they were all following an invisable median right into terra firma. Very odd indeed!

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99% chance it will be someone who has laced some bird food with poison.

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Redcliff: 17 crows, not cows! This would have been a bit messier!

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Redcliff: 17 crows, not cows! This would have been a bit messier!

Yes. Imagine a whole herd dropping out of the sky...

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Kid with a slingshot?

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