'Drunk' birds wreak havoc on Minnesota city

Leslie Hanson
October 5, 2018

Police did, however, offer up a list of hilarious circumstances where residents should call police.

"The Gilbert Police Department has received several reports of birds that appear to be 'under the influence, ' flying into windows, cars, and acting confused".

Matthew Dodder, a self-described "bird guy" in Palo Alto, California, told The Washington Post that since there's no such thing as a birdie breathalyzer, you have to look at their in-flight behavior to the level of avian intoxication.

Laura Erickson, a Duluth birding expert, told Minnesota's Pioneer Press that waxwings, robins and thrushes are often the most prone to become tipsy, as they commonly feed on mountain ash berries, which were affected by this year's frost.

"Many birds have not migrated south, so it appears to be more prevalent than in past years".

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


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 7 birds with my auto this week", reads another.

Police in northern Minnesota are asking the public to please stop calling them about the influx of "drunk" birds flying around.

Fermented berries can have the same impact on birds as alcohol does on humans.

"There is no need to call law enforcement about these birds, as they should sober up within a short period of time", Techar wrote on Facebook. Some birds even slur their speech, errr... song, while inebriated.

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