A U.S. town has warned its residents not to be too concerned about drunk-looking birds stumbling around town.
"Drunk birds are totally a thing".
"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 department writes in a bulletin.
When birds started flying into windows and windshields, residents of Gilbert, Minnesota wondered what could possibly cause birds to act so destructively. In Gilbert, an early frost has fermented local berries, leading to young birds getting drunk from eating them. Berry fermentation is the answer. Residents sound concerned, with one responding, "That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately!" and another claiming that seven birds had run into their vehicle.
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Species like robins, thrushes and waxwings, which tend to eat more berries than their other feathered friends, are most likely to get buzzed as they gorge themselves on alcoholic fruits while trying to bulk up for winter. "Generally, younger birds' livers can not handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds". The answer was bizarrely familiar: the birds were flying under the influence.
The police department says there's no need to panic, the birds will eventually sober up.
The "public notice" even goes the extra mile by adding a humorous list of sightings that the public should be on the lookout for, including "Woodstock pushing Snoopy off the doghouse for no apparent reason", and "Any birds after midnight with Taco Bell items".
You hear stories of humans having the cops called on them due to intoxication, but birds?