Minnesota town alerts residents over 'tipsy' birds

Alicia Farmer
October 5, 2018

"The Gilbert Police Department has received several reports of birds that appear to be 'under the influence, ' flying into windows, cars, and acting confused", the press release reads. "They're just careless and they're not looking for cars or other obstacles". Berries ferment with the cold, and because of an early frost in the area, the birds were eating the intoxicating berries before their planned trip to the south for the winter.

Police are alerting residents in a Minnesota town that more birds are getting drunk earlier this year and are appearing a little more "tipsy" than in the past.

Writing under a Facebook post about the problem, one resident said: 'I was going to say something. but I thought I was insane! "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. According to CBS affiliate WCCO 4, the cause of this erratic behavior is one that might be familiar to some humans: The birds are drunk. "They have actually fallen out of trees on occasion".

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As for Gilbert's winged drunkards, "There's no need to call law enforcement about these birds as they should sober up within a short period of time", per the police statement, which adds that there are some bird-related occurrences that should be called in.

The birds are ingesting berries that have fermented earlier than usual, and the sugar in the fruits can turn into alcohol as they lose moisture.

Authorities expect they will sober up some time in the near future.

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