Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

'Drunk birds' flying into windows, cars in northern Minnesota

'Drunk birds' flying into windows, cars in northern Minnesota

Minnesota authorities released a statement on Tuesday after multiple Gilbert residents called to complain about seemingly inebriated birds that have been menacing the city.

According to Gilbert Police Department in Minnesota, they have received several reports of birds who appeared to be "under the influence" after flying into cars and acting confused. An early frost this year sped up the fermentation process, police said.

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. Also, younger birds' livers can not handle the fermented berries as well as older ones. In recent days, they have been flying perilously close to windows and cars, and generally seem to be discombobulated.

Apparently, the birds of Gilbert, Minn., can't handle their liquor.

Techar said the birds would sober up themselves, and that there was no need for locals to call police if they found one.

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

Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy. The answer was bizarrely familiar: the birds were flying under the influence. Instead, it's the local bird population. "We will hold them in captivity until they sober up and then set them free".

As humorous as it might sound, bingeing on berries can be deadly for birds.

Because intoxicated birds also have a tendency of smashing into things, the Audubon Society recommends putting decals on windows and other large reflective surfaces.

Because as anyone recovering from a gnarly bender regrettably knows, time is often the only true remedy for a bad hangover-whether tequila or fermented berry-induced.

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