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Birds Died In Arkansas From 'Impact Trauma,' Pathologists Say

For those still anxious to know why thousands of birds died in Beebe, Ark., on New Year's Eve:

They "probably died from crashing into buildings and other structures after becoming disoriented and panicked, possibly by fireworks, according to examinations of the birds conducted by veterinary pathologists with the National Wildlife Health Center here in Madison," Wisconsin's State Journalreports.

The same investigators think the hundreds of birds that died in Louisiana a few days later were probably killed by some type of weather event, the newspaper adds.

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