December 17, 2018

Drunk Birds Are Creating Chaos in Gilbert, Minnesota

05 October 2018, 03:56 | Rodolfo Wallace

Influx of drunk birds prompts Minnesota police chief to issue statement

Influx of drunk birds prompts Minnesota police chief to issue statement

The birds, which get drunk on fermented berries, are becoming something of a nuisance and have even caught the attention of local law enforcement. Yes, you read that correctly.

Some birds in Minnesota are getting really flocked up on fermented berries, according to police in the city of Gilbert.

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.

The police noted that many birds have yet to migrate for the winter months so "it appears to be more prevalent [than] in the past".

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

Commenters on the department's Facebook page confirmed the sightings.

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He said robins, cedar waxwings and thrushes are the bird species most likely to tie one on since they eat more berries than other species.

"I was going to say something.but I thought I was insane!" commented another. Or, more specifically, berries that froze, causing the starch they contain to convert to sugar, which in turn fermented when the berries thawed.

However, once they rehydrate and have a bird equivalent of a greasy breakfast, the feather fellows perk up and fly away unharmed. "Sometimes they are picked up after crashing into windows".

"They just get sloppy and clumsy", Dodder said.

As humorous as it might sound, bingeing on berries can be deadly for birds. The officials also expect the birds to sober up soon enough. "We will hold them in captivity until they sober up and then set them free".

"Sometimes, they just need a bit of time in a quiet setting to recover", he said.

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