More Birds Are Getting Drunk This Year, MN Town Advises Residents

05 October, 2018, 07:11 | Author: Lillian Steele
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"They're just careless and they're not looking for cars or other obstacles".

"The Gilbert Police Department has received several reports of birds that appear to be "under the influence" flying into windows, cars and acting confused", Gilbert Police Chief Ty Techar wrote in a statement that both acknowledged the unusual happenings and poked fun at them. Berry fermentation is the answer.

Techar notes that younger birds' livers can't handle the toxins as well as more mature birds.

Police did, however, offer up a list of hilarious circumstances where residents should call police.

Writing under a Facebook post about the problem, one resident said: 'I was going to say something. but I thought I was insane! Since the birds have not yet flown south for the winter, they are still around to feed on the fermented berries once they thaw, which causes them to actually become drunk.

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Woodstock pushing Snoopy off the doghouse for no apparent reason. Meaning, the birds are eating the berries and getting hammered.

Similar finds were made in 2011 in Cumbria, England, after the bodies of 12 common blackbirds appeared near a primary school. The officials also expect the birds to sober up soon enough.

Any other birds after midnight with Taco Bell items. If the bird doesn't recover within a few hours, the society says, call a local wildlife rehabilitation center. The territory's animal health unit would find them with juice-stained beaks, pop them into hamster cages (or "drunk tanks"), give them a few hours to sober up and then set them free. The birds, which get drunk on fermented berries, are becoming something of a nuisance and have even caught the attention of local law enforcement.

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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