On July 30, 2013, people driving to work in Winnipeg were puzzled by the sight of hundreds of black birds perched on top of trees, cars, and businesses. Witnesses said that the teetering grackles appeared to be dizzy. Later that morning, people walking down the street were pelted by thousands of dead birds that fell from the sky.
A city worker said, “It was like raindrops falling.”
Susan Titanagas, who worked at a local told a reporter, “It was like something out of a Hitchcock movie.”
By 10:30 a.m., streets near the intersection of King and Duffering were littered with dead birds. Later that afternoon, a police officer contacted local conservation officers and asked them to pick up the dead birds. More than fifty dead birds were collected at King and Duffering Streets. The Humane Society found eleven dazed but living birds, all of which had to be euthanized.
Authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the mass bird deaths. Erika Anseeuh, the director of Winnigpeg’s Humane Society, dismissed the idea that this was some sort of apocalyptic event. “It’s my suspicion that the birds got into something toxic that eventually killed them,” Anseeuh said in a radio interview.