Birds Slam into Walmart Parking Lot

    In this photo provided by Utah Division of Wildlife Services, a surviving grebe huddles in the snow Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 after thousands of the birds crash landed throughout Southern Utah on Monday night.   Officials say storm clouds above city lights Monday night probably confused thousands of grebes, which are a duck-like aquatic bird that migrates south for the winter. Thousands of the birds were killed, but more than 2,000 had been rescued by Tuesday evening. The survivors were released into Washington County bodies.    (AP Photo/Utah Division of Wildlife Services, Lynn Chamberlain)

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    Thousands of migratory birds expecting to take rest in a body of water crashed into a Walmart parking lot in Utah on Monday night. Environmental crews scrambled to clean up the dead birds and rescue some 2,000 straggling survivors, which were then released in nearby bodies of water. Local wildlife expert Teresa Griffin said the birds were “just everywhere” and that the clean-up effort had been “nonstop.” She added that bad weather conditions likely confused the flock of grebes, a ducklike bird making its way south for the winter. “The storm clouds over the top of the city lights made it look like a nice, flat body of water,” Griffin told local reporters.

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