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Published:January 17th, 2011 12:05 EST

Holy Cow: Dead Fish, Dead Birds, Dead Crabs And Now Dead Cows!

By Robert Paul Reyes

On New Year`s Eve thousands of black birds fell from the sky in Beebe -- Arkansa, not a particularly cheery omen for the new year. The next day thousands of fish were found dead in the Arkansas River, and almost every day since there have been mass deaths of animals all over the world.

Now it`s hundreds of cows have been discovered dead on a farm field in Wisconsin:

"The owner of the cattle told sheriff`s deputies he suspects the cows died from a virus - most likely IBR (infectious bovine rhinotracheitis) or BVD (bovine virus diarrhea), which can cause respiratory and reproductive problems, the Wisconsin Rapids Tribune reported.

Samples of the dead animals were sent to Madison to be tested, but officials said other animals and people in the area will likely not be affected by whatever killed the cows. The Portage County Humane Society is handling the investigation, the newspaper said."

http://www.wsaw.com/home/headlines/200_Cows_Die_in_Portage_County_113829069.html

God must have been drunk when he created cows, they are such ridiculously looking creatures. You`d think people and nature would pity cows, and treat them with respect. But it seems like the universe is aligned against cows: They are mutilated by extraterrestrials, tipped over while sleeping by drunk college kids, and it`s not uncommon for a tornado to whisk a cow into the air.

Now the hapless bovines are dying by the hundreds from heaven only knows what. When the blackbirds dropped from the heavens in Arkansas on New Year`s Eve I thought it was an aberration, but it turned out to be a sign of dreadful things to come.

There is no threat to humans or other animals, the sheriff said. The small town sheriff isn`t a veterinarian, scientist, or physician, and I don`t find his words reassuring.

I wouldn`t feel so bad about all of these mass deaths of animals if rats and snakes were also dying by the hundreds or thousands. This phenomena started with dead birds, and now it`s dead cows. Is it working its way up the food chain? Are we next?

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