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Drunk birds are terrorizing people in Minnesota

05 October 2018, 03:58 | Melissa Porter

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The reason, authorities said, is an early frost that sped up the fermenting process of local berries.

"Oh my!" a commenter exclaimed on the Facebook post.

"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. That, plus many birds having yet to migrate south, means that more of them are feeling the effects of the alcohol in the berries than in past years.

"Police added", Generally, younger bird's liver can't handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds.

The birds have become such a menace that the Gilbert Minnesota Police Department was forced to address the matter, issuing a hilarious statement on Facebook. 2 birds dove into my windshield both on the way to work and on the way home.

The police department says there's no need to panic, the birds will eventually sober up.

"Drunk birds are totally a thing". "Flying under the influence of ethanol" had led to the birds' deaths, they concluded in a 2012 study published in the Journal of Ornithology.

Jokes aside, however, birds really can get intoxicated by eating fermented berries.

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. "We typically see them flying lower than usual through traffic".

Numerous species who have overindulged on the boozy berries traditionally fly south for winter, leading them to gorge on the fruit in a bid to build up fat for the journey.

"The look that says, "Look man, just turn off the lights and leave (bleep) me alone". "They have actually fallen out of trees on occasion".

As Dodder told The Post, "Sometimes, they just need a bit of time in a quiet setting to recover". If they can't fly properly or keep their balance, intoxicated birds are at risk of crashing into hard surfaces. Police initially suspected, ahem, fowl play, but post-mortem examinations found berries in the birds' gastrointestinal tracts and high alcohol levels in a liver sample, according to National Geographic's Owen, suggesting that fermented fruits played a role in their deaths.

Any other birds after midnight with Taco Bell items.

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