A traditional Indian wedding procession has been blamed for the death of an astounding 63 chickens. It is believed that the party was making ear-splitting noise when it passed by a poultry farm in the eastern state of Odisha last weekend.
Speaking to The Phnom Penh Post, poultry farm owner Ranjit Kumar Parida said the party passed by his farm just past midnight on Sunday.
“I asked the band operators to lower the volume as the music was too noisy and terrifying the chickens. But they did not listen and the groom’s friends shouted at me,” Parida said.
According to Parida, the chickens died due to heart attacks caused by the shock of the noise levels. He has filed a police complaint after approaching the wedding organisers, who refused to compensate him for his dead birds.
Suryakanta Mishra, a professor in zoology, told the Hindustan Times that loud noise can increase a chicken’s risk of cardiovascular disease.
“Chickens are governed by a circadian rhythm that is controlled by the natural light/dark cycle of day and night. Sudden excitement or stress due to loud music could disrupt their biological clock,” Mishra said.
After the incident the police were able to convince the upset parties to “solve the matter mutually”.
“We have not initiated any action as [the poultry farmer] withdrew the complaint,” police official Droupadi Das said.