Police Say Drunk Birds Will Sober Up Soon

Police Say Drunk Birds Will Sober Up Soon

In a cheeky Facebook message, the police department says there's an easy explanation: The birds are ingesting berries that have fermented earlier than usual this year because of an early frost.

The northeastern Minnesota town of Gilbert is alerting residents that birds may be a bit more "tipsy" than normal this time of year. Techar then explained that the problem may appear more pronounced this year not just because of the early frost, but because numerous birds had not migrated south yet.

On social media, Gilbert residents noted seeing birds "walking on a sidewalk", while others reported hitting several with their vehicles.

The Gilbert Police Department put out a press release this week stating they are well aware of the birds that appear to be "under the influence" and there's no need for alarm.

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Writing under a Facebook post about the problem, one resident said: 'I was going to say something. but I thought I was insane!

"This explains why I have hit seven birds with my auto this week", another commented.

Those berries are filled with ethanol, with the substance causing birds to lose their inhibitions, just like human drunks, and pay less attention to potential obstacles or hazards. "Generally, younger birds' livers can not handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds".

"Birds actually do get literally intoxicated when they eat berries that have started fermenting, and that does lead to drunken behavior", she told the outlet. Some birds even slur their speech, errr... song, while inebriated.

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