NOTE: The source for this article is an article titled “RAINBOW LORIKEETS DROPPING FROM THE SKY and many other such reports from around the world” by Arthur Firstenberg, President of Cellular Phone Task Force. The original article has much more detail including numerous reports from around the world of unusual wildlife deaths.
ABC News in Australia reported hundreds of Rainbow Lorikeets falling dead from the sky last Wednesday along the east coast, centered on Brisbane, Queensland's capital. In 2010, coinciding with the introduction of 4G cell towers, ornithologists noted the first instances of a mysterious ailment that paralyzed and killed these birds. During the 2019-2020 summer, with the rollout of 5G towers, 1,500 lorikeets plummeted from the skies. Just last week, over 200 dead lorikeets were found in a matter of days, reigniting headlines.
Dubbed Lorikeet Paralysis Syndrome, this baffling disease perplexes scientists. Unlike encephalomyelitis, observed in the 1970s, which caused rigid paralysis, affected birds with this syndrome appear limp and exhibit no visible abnormalities in their brains or spinal cords.
Ornithologists have struggled for 14 years to explain the syndrome, conducting tests for pesticides and fungicides, all yielding negative results. Infectious diseases have been ruled out, yet flying foxes are also experiencing similar symptoms.
An article in the Australian Veterinary Journal states:
“Manifestations of this disease range from the inability to fly and hindlimb weakness and ataxia, to a flaccid paralysis of all limbs and the neck, inability to blink, paralysis of the tongue, inability to swallow and voice change. The number of cases each year ranges from hundreds to thousands, making it one of the most important wildlife diseases and animal welfare concerns in Australia.”
This is not a unique situation. Read the original article HERE to view reports from around the world that document similar unusual wildlife fatalities.
NOTE: Rainbow Lorikeet photo by Flickr/Albert Sin (CC)