News from Spain: A mystery as 200 dead starlings “fall like rain” outside hospital | World | New


200 starlings were found in a street in the town of Ferrol, in northwestern Spain. National media said the birds “fell like rain” outside a hospital.

The dead starlings struck cars and pedestrians outside the Juan Cardona Hospital in this small Atlantic town. Local police confirmed that no one was injured.

Mapi Rodríguez, president of the local residents’ association, said: “They got out of the trees in the hospital emergency area, flew a few meters and dove onto the sidewalk.

“The birds have been picked up and we are now waiting to find out what happened.

“We are told it won’t be easy.”

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The regional environment service collected two dead birds for analysis.

The mysterious incident echoes the deaths of 225 starlings on a road in Anglesey, north Wales, in 2019.

North Wales Police Sergeant Rob Taylor said the results of a veterinary examination showed the deaths were “probably consistent with the birds avoiding inclement weather or a raptor in the area”.

A police statement read: “It is highly likely that the whisper avoided acting in flight, possibly from a bird of prey, with the rear of the group not stopping in time and hitting the ground. “

In addition, the Dutch government antenna office confirmed that there had been no testing of 5G masts near the site of the mass deaths.

They added that all transmission masts across the country are bound by safety standards and that “according to the measurements, the radiation is well below safety standards.”

It was also not the first case of mass death in Spain.

Last year, nearly 100 birds died within a 10-meter radius on a highway near a chemical plant in Tarragona, Catalonia.

Local environmental groups have speculated that the deaths could be linked to a toxic cloud from the Iqoxe chemical plant, where an explosion had killed three people and injured seven others shortly before.

However, it turned out that the whispering starlings collided with a vehicle as if it was flying too close – closer than usual for the species – to the road.


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