Hundreds of dead birds lined streets following New Year’s Eve celebrations in Rome, Italy, with an animal rights group blaming fireworks for the “massacre”.
Reported by Sky News, video footage and photos shared to social media show hundreds of birds (mainly starlings) lying dead in the roads near the main train station in the Italian capital.
The cause behind the birds’ mass death is still not certain, but the International Organisation for the Protection of Animals has blamed the firecrackers and fireworks that were set off to celebrate the new year.
Spokeswoman for the organization, Loredana Diglio, said:
It can be that they died from fear. They can fly up together and knock against each other, or hit windows or electric power lines. Let’s not forget they can also die of heart attacks.
The organization also described the incident as a “massacre”, the Associated Press reports.