Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Drunk birds flying into cars, acting confused in northern Minnesota

A waxwing eats a berry on an arrowwood tree. Cedar and other waxwings are known to gorge on fermented berries and other fruits leading them to appear drunk More Birds Are Getting Drunk This Year, MN Town Advises Residents
Melissa Porter | 05 October, 2018, 07:13

A United States town has warned its residents not to be too concerned about drunk-looking birds stumbling around town.

Residents of Gilbert, Minnesota, have been phoning police about birds who seem to be intoxicated. -2207520000.1538662531./2195695864088381/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">the police department says there's an easy explanation: "The birds are ingesting berries that have fermented earlier than usual this year because of an early frost.

It's avian anarchy. The local birds of Gilbert, Minnesota, have been getting so drunk that the town's police department had to release a statement about the spring-break-esque behavior.

A third resident claimed to have found three dead birds on her deck, while another was forced to brake hard when a bird flew into her vehicle windshield.

"Drunk birds are totally a thing". Berry fermentation is the answer.

"Oh my! That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately!" said one.

"Generally, younger birds" livers can not handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds'.

"They just get sloppy and clumsy", Matthew Dodder, a bird expert from California, tells Antonia Noori Farzan of the Washington Post.

The Gilbert Police Department post said the birds will likely sober up soon after the fermented berries are eaten and asked locals not to call unless they see "Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy" or "Tweety acting as if 10 feet tall and getting into confrontations with cats".

Apparently, the birds of Gilbert, Minn., can't handle their liquor. They reassure folks they'll "sober up within a short period of time".