September 6, 2011
Masses of animals dying
6 September 2011
Have you noticed all the stories in the media about masses of animals dying?
There haven't been any recent articles - aside from the usual sad stories about animals threatened by extinction - but I've been reading articles of bees disappearing, then there was the #Aflockalypse at the beginning of the year when all those birds, fish and cows dropped dead...
A story that attracted my attention a while ago was the death of 10 000 bats in a cave in Durham. Certainly, the deaths are being attributed to a natural issue: White Nose Syndrome - an apparently mysterious disease that, I've read elsewhere, resembles a fungi - but how can something so damaging appear so suddenly?
The bats have hibernated in an abandoned mine for generations, but only a fraction of them survived.
What do you think is really going on?
Image from Velho, Wikimedia Commons