Following a series of still-mysterious deaths as thousands of birds and fish were found perished in the United States and Europe, all occurring within days of one another, new mass fatality events have been reported in the past week.
In the Ukraine, dozens of migrating blackbirds were found dead along a highway in Sevastopol with no evidence yet of poisoning or an epidemic. In the United States, both ducks and Canada geese were discovered sick, injured or dead along the Lake Erie shore.
Regional biologists report that the birds have been falling from the sky, then demonstrating difficulty with balance, coordination and motor skills on land. Many perished soon after being rescued, with only a very small number recovering after some care.
Another recent loss occurred when at least 43 lifeless dolphins were found within close succession of each other along the US coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, many of them babies. The total is an alarming 12 times higher than the past 30-year average for this time of year, with a 2010 increase in fatalities before the major oil spill that further indicates another cause.
It saddens us to know of these further losses and suffering of our avian and mammal friends. We thank those working to understand and help the wild animals and pray that humanity responds with caring actions to restore the lives and balance of our co-inhabitants and the Earth.
Supreme Master Ching Hai has often spoken about the messages sent by the animals to caution humankind about how they are endangering the planet, as in response to a question during a February 9, 2011 videoconference in the USA to help shed light on these distressing incidents.