‘Drunk Birds’ Are Terrorizing a Town in Minnesota

Ebony Scott
October 5, 2018

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.

In the small, northern Minnesota town of Gilbert, police have warned residents about birds, liquored up on fermented berries, that are slamming into windows and acting pretty insane.

According to a cracking report from Fox journo Maury Glover, locals have been terrorised by birds flying into windows, acting confused and generally making stains of themselves. 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.

Also, the youngsters can't quite hold their boozy berries like their elders.

Also, younger birds' livers can not handle the fermented berries as well as older birds.

Still, there is no need to alert law enforcement if you see these birds out and about.

The police news release ended with a suggestion that residents of the small northern Minnesota town call if they see "Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy" or "Tweety acting as if 10 feet tall and getting into confrontations with cats".

Commenters on the department's Facebook page confirmed the sightings.

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"I was going to say something. but I thought I was insane!" wrote one resident.

"I was going to say something.but I thought I was insane!" commented another.

Gilbert Police chief Ty Techer told KMSP the phenomenon of the drunk birds has been labeled "berry benders" due to their fermented food source.

"They'll be flying kind of erratically", he said. The answer was bizarrely familiar: the birds were flying under the influence.

"They just get sloppy and clumsy", Matthew Dodder, a bird expert from California, tells Antonia Noori Farzan of the Washington Post.

As Dodder told The Post, "Sometimes, they just need a bit of time in a quiet setting to recover". "We get in birds into our Wildlife Care Center in the fall that are drunk on fermenting berries", Bob Sallinger, the conservation director for the Audubon Society of Portland, wrote in an email. If they can't fly properly or keep their balance, intoxicated birds are at risk of crashing into hard surfaces.

Authorities expect they will sober up some time in the near future.

Most of us know what it's like to have one too many adult beverages.

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