Police are now involved in an incredible incident that sees a flock of birds, who are essentially intoxicated, causing chaos in the small town of Gilbert, Minnesota. As opposed to drinking alcohol, the birds are eating berries that have fermented sooner than usual because of the area’s early frost. While this has happened before, it’s never been this bad.
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Police Chief Ty Techar released a statement on Tuesday that said, “The Gilbert Police Department has received several reports of birds that appear to be ‘under the influence’ flying into windows, cars and acting confused. It appears that some birds are getting a little more ‘tipsy’ than normal. Generally, younger birds’ livers cannot handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds. There is no need to call law enforcement about these birds as they should sober up within a short period of time.”
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Residents have flocked to social media to comment on the statement. Some thought it was a joke, many were afraid to report the weird behavior, and others knew something was wrong. California scientists have researched the effects of fermented berries on birds, confirming that they will cause the animals to basically get drunk. This is seen mostly in how they fly, and their inability to control themselves and accurately acknowledge their surroundings.
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Some species are more vulnerable than others. Robins, cedar waxwings and thrushes will typically eat the occasionally fermented berries, while others like flycatchers and warblers eat insects. This also happens when birds prepare to fly south for the winter, which sees them eating more than normal. Thankfully, they will sober up sooner than later. Check out the video below to see an actual news report covering the strange story…