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Mystery surrounds kangaroo deaths in NSW

Posted on Wednesday, 27 December, 2017 | Comment icon 29 comments

What is responsible for killing off so many kangaroos ? Image Credit: CC BY-SA 3.0 Lilly M
Experts have been left perplexed by the unexplained deaths of millions of kangaroos in Australia.
Red and grey kangaroo populations on the Western Plains have been falling rapidly over the last few months due to an unidentified disease that has been causing blindness, internal bleeding, stilted movement and 'massive haemorrhaging', according to wildlife authorities.

"You would see a whole family sitting there but they were all dead," said veterinarian Greg Curran.

"It's a disease, it's not a genetic problem. We haven't been able to find a bacteria, we haven't been able to find a virus. Parasites, they aren't part of it. Given the huge area and different kinds of country and feed, its very unlikely to be a plant poisoning. You've ruled out all the known causes of diseases."

The total population of kangaroos in New South Wales had reached a record 17.4 million last year, but now due to the mysterious malady affecting the animals these numbers have dropped by up to 40%.

"The drop is so great it can't simply be due to culling rates," said Dr Curran. "The number of animals that have been harvested for the meat market is low. It can't possibly be starvation or malnutrition."

An investigation in to the phenomenon is still ongoing.

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Comment icon #20 Posted by TomBarnes on 28 December, 2017, 23:46
I am an American and a U.S. Coast Guard retiree. I could be wrong but several Western countries have sonic weapons systems that cause these injuries. This may not be a sickness as much as it may be the government in Australia testing a sonic weapons system on kangaroos in their natural environment. Most highly advanced weapons systems today are kept secret because of the devastation they can cause on mass numbers of people. Most citizens in Western countries would object to the government having such power. As an example the U.S. has a weapons system that looks something like a small radar dis... [More]
Comment icon #21 Posted by Meridian O on 29 December, 2017, 0:23
A hint of sarcasm was in that (Fortunately that mistake only killed a few million unwanted rabbits) statement. Yet! As Astra points out , she's quite contented to wait and see what the reports say after this disease has been properly investigated before jumping to any conclusions. Problem is that there's not a lot of folk offering information like you have above and it needs to be backed-up by other's with the right creds. You need proof and even with that you need folk to believe you and will they care enough or have the power and numbers to make a stand?      
Comment icon #22 Posted by khol on 29 December, 2017, 2:43
It would be hard to keep a secret when carrying out such testing in public domain.The outcry from enviormental groups would be huge. I certainly don't doubt these weapons exist tho. 
Comment icon #23 Posted by aearluin on 29 December, 2017, 17:15
Definitely. I wasn't saying it is the rabbit virus, just that it is similar. We have to wait for the lab work to figure out what it is. It may be something completely different.  
Comment icon #24 Posted by qxcontinuum on 30 December, 2017, 6:08
Intrestingly just at the beginning of the year, the government was calling for extermination due to overpopulation. Now this... coincidental or not
Comment icon #25 Posted by simplybill on 30 December, 2017, 17:28
Just speculation, but I wonder if a human virus is affecting the kangaroos like the Rhinovirus C virus is affecting the chimpanzees in Uganda: I looked up the symptoms (blindness, internal bleeding, stilted movement and massive hemorrhaging) and found similar symptoms for a variety of human illnesses. One example is African Viral Hemorrhagic Disease: "Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fevers. Both begin with fever, fatigue, dizziness, muscle pain, and exhausting followed by minor petechie. Progresses... [More]
Comment icon #26 Posted by toast on 30 December, 2017, 17:47
A test involving nearly 8 million animals? Because of your comment I have to ask: how often per week do you disembarked the boat on the wrong side?
Comment icon #27 Posted by oldrover on 31 December, 2017, 14:35
I'm not saying it couldn't be, but remember it'd have a big gap to jump, bats to humans us one thing, but we'd be talking Eutherian to Metatherian.  Epizootic diseases are well known in Austealia and elsewhere. In Tasmania at present we see the horribly cruel DFTD wiping out the devils, and there are reports of other epidemics in them in 1950 and 1900ish, both times as I recall in periods of population incease, certainly in the 50's and now. Similarly in the quoll pooulation, and also there's anecdotal evudence of a disease playing a part in the extinction of the thylacine, but that's not prov... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Sundew on 7 January, 2018, 3:44
I saw an article about this suggesting that a certain GE company had engineered wheat to combat two issues: the White Mold disease plaguing Australian farmers and supposedly kangaroos, using genes of the Ebola virus inserted into wheat to cause hemorrhagic fever-like symptoms and rapid death in kangaroos that had been eating wheat crops.  This sounds like complete nonsense and I suppose this is how conspiracy theories starts.  A much more likely scenario is that an as yet unidentified virus has jumped from one animal species to another. It would be good to know if there are survivors within in... [More]
Comment icon #29 Posted by Scorpius on 17 January, 2018, 0:35
People can easily turn a blind eye.  Also people fail to think about the number of military nuclear tests that has been done world wide.  Now, if you have done your google searching right.  Think about other tests for different grades of weapons out there, and other weapons that are banned in warfare.  However, just cause they are banned doesn't mean other dangerous weapons can't be tested. You can't ban what hasn't yet been made public.  And the public can only imagine what the cause was.  Use your imagination dear Watson. “How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the imposs... [More]

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