Drunken Birds Prompt Calls to Minn. Police Department

Birds that eat a lot of berries like cedar waxwings can wind up drunk when those berries start to ferment

Birds that eat a lot of berries like cedar waxwings can wind up drunk when those berries start to ferment

According to Gilbert police, its received numerous reports of what look to be drunk birds "flying into windows, cars and acting confused". -2207520000.1538662531./2195695864088381/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">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 police noted that many birds have yet to migrate for the winter months so "it appears to be more prevalent [than] in the past".

"It appears that some birds are getting a little more "tipsy" than normal", Techar wrote.

"Police added", Generally, younger bird's liver can't handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds.

The police department says there's no need to panic, the birds will eventually sober up. The birds, which get drunk on fermented berries, are becoming something of a nuisance and have even caught the attention of local law enforcement.

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"They'll be flying kind of erratically", he said.

"They just get sloppy and clumsy", Matthew Dodder, a bird expert from California, tells Antonia Noori Farzan of the Washington Post. One woman recalled having to put her foot to the brakes when a bird collided with her windshield, while another commenter said she noticed three dead birds lying on her deck. The birds then slam into buildings, vehicles, or just act weird for a while before they eventually snap out of it, just like your average bar fly. "They have actually fallen out of trees on occasion".

"The blitzed bird gave me that all too familiar glare we've seen many a drunk friend do", she wrote.

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

"Sometimes, they just need a bit of time in a quiet setting to recover", he said.

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