Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Police issue statement following large number of drunk birds

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
Johnnie Parks | 05 October, 2018, 15:58

The Gilbert Minnesota Police Department says they've received several reports of intoxicated bird sightings.

Gilbert Police Chief Ty Techar explained that the birds - including robins, cedar waxwings and thrushes - have eaten berries which have fermented earlier than usual because of an early frost.

"It appears that some birds are getting a little more "tipsy" than normal", Techar wrote. The young folks, unable to handle the toxins, are especially affected, police warned. They reassure folks they'll "sober up within a short period of time". According to CBS affiliate WCCO 4, the cause of this erratic behavior is one that might be familiar to some humans: The birds are drunk.

However, once they rehydrate and have a bird equivalent of a greasy breakfast, the feather fellows perk up and fly away unharmed.

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

Another local said: ' 'This explains why I have hit 7 birds with my auto this week'.

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Gilbert Police chief Ty Techer told KMSP the phenomenon of the drunk birds has been labeled "berry benders" due to their fermented food source. The birds go from bush to bush trying to find more berries, their balance getting progressively worse.

In Portland, Oregon, the Audubon Society operates what's essentially a drunk tank for birds.

"We've sort of nicknamed it "berry benders, ' now that these birds are on a berry bender", Techer said". "Sometimes they are picked up after crashing into windows".

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

Any other birds after midnight with Taco Bell items.

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