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1,000 Dead Ducks in Chinese River

One thousand decomposing duck carcasses joined the 16,000 dead pigs in China’s river system this week. Chinese officials discovered the ducks in over 50 woven bags in the Nanhe river of the Penshang district. Liang Weidong, the deputy director of the local government’s publicity department, announced that they were unable to determine the cause of death, but the bodies have been disinfected and buried. He reassured the public that the river does not supply the district’s water, so, according to him, there is no health risk. As one Chinese blogger put it, “Dead pigs, dead ducks . . . this soup is getting thicker and thicker.”

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