Birds Are Acting Erratically in Minnesota. Blame It on the Alcohol

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

In comments responding to the statement on Facebook, Gilbert residents shared stories of erratic bird behavior.

"On Tuesday, the department posted a notice on Facebook warning citizens that it has received several reports of birds that appear to be "'under the influence' flying into windows, cars and acting confused". Berries ferment with the cold, and because of an early frost in the area, the birds were eating the intoxicating berries before their planned trip to the south for the winter.

Gilbert Police Department in Minnesota has urged residents to be careful after numerous locals had close encounters with the tipsy animals. In recent days, they have been flying perilously close to windows and cars, and generally seem to be discombobulated.

Luckily, Techar says that, much like people, the birds will sober up after their berry bender and stop harassing unsuspecting townsfolk. Or, more specifically, berries that froze, causing the starch they contain to convert to sugar, which in turn fermented when the berries thawed.

Younger birds can not handle the toxins as well as older birds, local police chief Ty Techar said in a statement.

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You hear stories of humans having the cops called on them due to intoxication, but birds?

Apparently, the birds of Gilbert, Minn., can't handle their liquor.

Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy.

The department noted that it's still early enough in the fall season that not all birds have begun their southern migration, which means more of them are still in Gilbert. 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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