1,000 dead ducks found in Chinese river after pig crisis

Dead ducks were discovered in the southwestern province of Sichuan, after Chinese authorities said that they had fished out thousands of dead pigs from from Shanghai's Huangpu river.

After grappling with the embarrassment of fishing out over 16,000 dead pigs from Shanghai's Huangpu river, China is now dealing with dead ducks.

Around 1,000 dead ducks were pulled from Nanhe river in Pengshan county, Sichuan province, which is located in southwest China, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

The agency reported that a local official said Monday that the dead ducks "have been disposed of safely and will pose no threat to human and livestock along the river banks."

The ducks were fished out Monday morning, according to Liang Weidong, an official with the county's publicity office, Xinhua said. 

Liang said the ducks — which were inside 50 plastic woven bags — were disinfected and buried deep in a designated area.

Residents alerted the environmental department after finding the dead birds in the river, the BBC said.

Liang said on China Public Radio that some of the ducks were already decomposed, making it difficult for authorities to determine what had caused their death.

The discovery of thousands of dead pigs earlier this month in the Huangpu river, which supplies drinking water to Shanghai, caused panic among the public as well as ridicule.

"The city’s water territory has already basically finished the work of fishing out the floating dead pigs,” a statement released by the Shanghai government said on Sunday, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported.

As news about the dead ducks spread on the Internet, it prompted concern as well as jokes on social networking sites such as Twitter and Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter.

"Dead pigs, dead ducks... this soup is getting thicker and thicker," wrote Weibo user Baby Lucky, according to the BBC.

"First we had 16,000 dead pigs floating down a river in #China & now 1,000 dead ducks: no such thing as a coincidence," wrote Twitter user Adam Bates.

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