Monday, 10 December, 2018


Police issue statement following large number of drunk birds

Influx of drunk birds prompts Minnesota police chief to issue statement Influx of drunk birds prompts Minnesota police chief to issue statement
Patty Aguilar | 06 October, 2018, 21:29

The reason, authorities said, is an early frost that sped up the fermenting process of local berries. In comments responding to the statement on Facebook, Gilbert residents shared stories of erratic bird behavior.

He added: 'It appears that some birds are getting a little more "tipsy" than normal. Also, younger birds' livers can not handle the fermented berries as well as older ones.

"There is no need to call law enforcement about these birds, as they should sober up within a short period of time", Techar wrote on Facebook.

When birds started flying into windows and windshields, residents of Gilbert, Minnesota wondered what could possibly cause birds to act so destructively.

However, once they rehydrate and have a bird equivalent of a greasy breakfast, the feather fellows perk up and fly away unharmed.

"I was going to say something. but I thought I was insane!" wrote one resident. They've just had a few too many - a few too many overripe berries, that is.

The Washington Post reports that the incident in Gilbert is not an isolated one. "They have actually fallen out of trees on occasion".

Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy.

The sugar in the berries was fermenting and wasn't being digested properly by the birds, a having an intoxicating effect. "Sometimes they are picked up after crashing into windows". If the bird may be in danger from cats or other predators, it's best to pick it up gently with a towel and put it in a ventilated box in a dark and quiet spot.

"Cedar waxwings and robins are most likely to gorge on fermented blackberries, pyracantha or juniper berries, crabapples or mountain ash fruits", Audubon reports.

"They'll be flying kind of erratically", he said.

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