More Than 2000 Birds Found Dead Near Indian Lake


Bella Trimmer, Staff Writer

More than 2000 birds have died mysteriously at India’s Sambhar Lake, 80km (49 miles) south-west of the city of Jaipur. The deaths have stumped local wildlife authorities as they try to uncover the cause of their deaths.
Locals spotted the myriad of carcasses on Sunday and reported the sighting to local wildlife officials, Arun Prasad, the state’s Chief Conservator of Forests, told CNN Wednesday. They found 2,400 dead birds — including 20 migratory species that flock to the lake each year. The carcasses were spread out around an area beside the lake, which covers about seventy-three square miles at full capacity. 

One possible explanation for these strange deaths is the high levels of saline and alkaline in the lake, according to Ashutosh Arora, a senior official in the state’s Animal Husbandry Department. Another, posited by forest official Rajendra Jakhar, is that they were caused by a sudden hailstorm that hit the area a few days ago.

The birds are still being counted, and around twenty-five who were found alive are being treated by veterinarians.