Minnesota town alerts residents over 'tipsy' birds
Minnesota town alerts residents over 'tipsy' birds
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05 October, 2018, 15:57
Minnesota authorities released a statement on Tuesday after multiple Gilbert residents called to complain about seemingly inebriated birds that have been menacing the city.
"The Gilbert Police Department has received several reports of birds that appear to be 'under the influence, "' reads a post on the force's Facebook page. "Birds actually do get literally intoxicated when they eat berries that have started fermenting", a bird expert tells the Duluth News Tribune. Since birds haven't flown south yet for the winter, they've been lurching around on berry benders.
"Generally young birds' livers can not handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds".
Obviously, birds can't exactly take a breathalyzer test. Matthew Dodder, a self-described "bird guy" with four decades of birding experience who leads classes in Palo Alto, California, told The Washington Post that the key giveaway to tell whether birds are drunk is their goofy behavior.
However, once they rehydrate and have a bird equivalent of a greasy breakfast, the feather fellows perk up and fly away unharmed.
Apparently, this isn't all that uncommon in the area, although the high number of "drunken" birds is unprecedented.
Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy. "Sometimes they are picked up after crashing into windows". The answer was bizarrely familiar: the birds were flying under the influence.
As humorous as it might sound, bingeing on berries can be deadly for birds. If the bird doesn't recover within a few hours, the society says, call a local wildlife rehabilitation center.
Any other birds after midnight with Taco Bell items.
Wildlife officials in the Yukon, Canada had their hands full several years ago, when Bohemian waxwings, drunk on fermented mountain ash berries, kept hitting windows and walls.
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