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Mexican species visiting Texas because of unusual weather

It’s been an unusual year on two counts in south Texas this winter: there have been a lot of unusual bird and there has been a lot of unusual weather. The local birders are beginning to ask if the two are related. The weather has seen one cold front after another drop into southern Texas. We get one or two decent days and then it’s another cold front. Today, I’m sitting here writing this in my shorts, because it’s 27 degrees Celsius outside. But the forecast high for tomorrow is 12 degrees. And so it’s been all winter. The cold has been extending into Mexico as well, and that’s been the source of many of the rare birds that have been showing up here. Two species, the Bare-throated Tiger-Heron and the Amazon Kingfisher, have never before been seen north of the Mexican border.

Florida's Wildlife Freezing to Death

Manatees, sea turtles and fish in the Sunshine State are dying in record numbers because of the unusually long cold snap.
With temperature in central Florida dipping down again this week, conservationists are bracing for more animal and plant deaths due to unusually long winter cold snaps that have resulted in record wildlife losses.
Manatees have been among the hardest hit, with over 200 killed in January alone, and carcasses continuing to wash ashore. The highest number of manatee deaths for a single calendar year in Florida waters is 429, so local officials are closely monitoring these endangered marine mammals.
"Manatees can experience what is known as cold stress syndrome when they are exposed to water below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degree Celsius) for long periods," Florida's Fish and Wildlife Research Institute spokesperson Carli Segelson told Discovery News. "This can result in death, or weaken manatees, leaving them more vulnerable to other health issues later."

20 million farm animals freeze to death

UP to 20 million farm animals may die in Mongolia before spring as the fiercest winter in living memory grips the country, International Aid Agencies warned today.  Sky News reported that local experts have told the Red Cross half the entire country's livestock could be wiped out.
A Sky News team that traveled through remote regions in Central Mongolia found cattle, goats and sheep frozen to death across the plains, with some herds almost completely wiped out.
It's called the 'Dzud' - a multiple disaster with a summer drought followed by one of the coldest winters on record.
It has left millions of livestock dying from a combination of exhaustion and starvation - some herders report that their cattle perish at the rate of 50 a night.
Some families have even been reduced to sharing their small tented home with the surviving animals.
The Mongolian Government has appealed for food, medicine and animal food to combat one of the country's worst natural disasters.

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