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Wildlife Mass Die-Offs in 2016

The video above shows the bodies of massive numbers of reindeer who died in central Norway back in late August. The official explanation is that their deaths were due to a lightning strike, which sounds rather farfetched, and contamination of some sort–that someone probably doesn’t want to admit to–seems a much more likely explanation. At any rate, a total of 323 reindeer are said to have died in this single incident.

“We are not familiar with any previous happening on such a scale,” said Kjartan Knutsen, an official with the Norwegian Environment Agency. “Individual animals do from time to time get killed by lightning, and there are incidents where sheep have been killed in groups of 10 or even 20, but we have never seen anything like this.”

Knutsen’s words are quoted in a New York Times story here, and you can also access a separate Times story, here, quoting John Jensenius, an official with the US National Weather Service, who seems to go to elaborate lengths explaining how the 323 reindeer could have been killed by a single bolt of lightning.

The electrical current, he says, travels hundreds of feet through the ground, arriving at each animal in turn, whereupon it will go “up one leg of the body and stop the heart and go down and out another leg,” and because reindeer have four legs, they are much more likely to die this way than humans. The explanation is so labored and dubious, it leaves one wondering if the cause of death may not have been a weather warfare experiment of some sort, which if so, would not be the first time the US has chosen a substantially remote area for weapons testing.

Whatever the case may be, what’s important to keep in mind is that the reindeer herd in Norway was not the only incident of mass animal die-offs to occur in 2016. There were others. Many, many others. In fact the total number of incidents recorded for the year exceeds 500.

The website End Times Prophecy has a listing of them. The list is arranged in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent–a massive die-off of fish in a lake in China on December 22–and working backwards, day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month, all the way back to January 2, 2016, when hundreds of dead starfish washed ashore on a beach in Portsmouth, England.

I do not endorse the Christian dispensationalist theology the site professes, but what can’t be argued is that their research is meticulous, with each incident recorded accompanied by a link to a news story documenting it. The list includes: hundreds of dead crows found near Battle Creek in Michigan on March 16; millions of fish which “suddenly died” in a river in Indonesia on April 15; 9,000 birds killed due to a “major hailstorm” in Utah on May 9; 70 dead whales washed up on a beach in southern Chile on July 20; hundreds of dead fish found in Yellowstone River in Montana on August 12; and hundreds of puffin birds washing up dead in Alaska’s Pribilof Islands starting in mid-October and running into November.

In addition, we’ve had numerous reports throughout the year warning of different species possibly being on the verge of extinction. These include giraffes, cheetahs, African elephants, and orangutans, and in addition to these there are dire threats to bees, a variety of marine mammals, and the monarch butterfly’s migration. The black rhino was officially declared extinct a few years ago, and  some scientists are now saying we are in the middle of a “sixth mass extinction event.”

Whatever the case, the planet’s ecosystem seems to be in dire jeopardy. If that ecosystem collapses, the prospects of survival are likely to be slim to nonexistent.

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