Video making its way out of China shows massive murders of crows circling infected cities in the mainland.
Coupled with reports of dead bodies and local folklore about the bird, their appearance is causing a sense of dread for those who see the hordes of feathered beasts.
Many of the videos popping up recently were recorded near the city of Wuhan, where the deadly COVID-19 virus first originated months ago.
Although the clips are taken from all around Hubei province, they all show an unsettling amount of crows ominously wheeling overhead.
One video reportedly from Hanchuan, a city next to Wuhan, shows an entire murder of crows darkening the sky as they fly in all directions. Nearby trees can be seen crowded with the black birds.
Another video supposedly taken from nearby Jingzhou shows a large group of the birds circling overhead as if waiting for a feast.
According to The Epoch Times, one answer for the odd phenomenon was hinted at on Chinese social media.
“The crow is an eater of carrion. The elderly say that crows seem to anticipate death because they can smell it, even before a person dies,” the user wrote. “In other words, they can smell the odor of a dying person; but we humans cannot. They will then circle around this person waiting for him to die.
“That is why in Chinese culture crows are considered inauspicious and are always linked with death.”
According to New Tang Dynasty Television, the city now has mobile cremation units.
These trailer-like structures are able to incinerate vast amounts of biological waste, including corpses.