The tiny modern Minnesota town of Gilbert has been witnessing a very bizarre event. The city police department reports that many birds have been “flying into windows, cars and acting confused”. They point out that they have been retrieving relevant reports from worried inhabitants.
However the police officers reassured the residents that the apparently ‘drunk’ birds had been snacking on fermented berries: “Certain berries we have in our area have fermented earlier than usual due to an early frost, which in turn has expedited the fermenting process”, hence explaining the reason why these birds looked so drunk-looking as they were stumbling around the city.
These birds looked intoxicated owing to the fermented berries. The latter were actually fermented ahead of time due to an earlier than usual frost. The local police chief Ty Techar spotted the difference between younger and elder birds.
The former ones cannot handle the toxins as well as the other ones. He, therefore, added that there is no necessity in calling law enforcement about these birds as they are supposed to sober up within a short span of time.
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The news went quite viral actually as local residents commented on a social network reporting woozy birds across the city. One inhabitant even went on saying: “Oh my! That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately.” Another one commented, “This explains why I have hit seven birds with my car this week.”
Can birds really get drunk on berries?
Birds which are seemingly over-indulged in ripe berries can easily get woozy or drink. This is because their crops are too full and the birds lose their balance. Nonetheless, in most of the cases when birds appear intoxicated, it’s because they actually are.
Some common backyard birds throughout the year in the state of Minnesota are these:
- Black-capped Chickadee
- American Crow
- American Robin
- Blue Jay
- American Goldfinch
- Downy Woodpecker
- White-breasted Nuthatch
- Northern Cardinal
- Song Sparrow