‘Drunk Birds’ Are Terrorizing a Town in Minnesota

Grant Boone
October 5, 2018

A United States town has warned its residents not to be too concerned about drunk-looking birds stumbling around town.

A small community in Northern Minnesota has been phoning in some odd calls to local police with concerns about birds that seem to be intoxicated.

The statement ends on a humorous note, advising Gilbert residents to alert the police department if they see "Tweety acting as if 10 feet tall and getting into confrontations with cats" or "any other birds after midnight with Taco Bell items". -2207520000.1538662531./2195695864088381/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">the police department says there's an easy explanation: "The birds are ingesting berries that have fermented earlier than usual this year because of an early frost.

"On Tuesday, the department posted a notice on Facebook warning citizens that it has received several reports of birds that appear to be "'under the influence' flying into windows, cars and acting confused". Berry fermentation is the answer. Young birds may be particularly susceptible to drunkenness because their livers have not grown large enough to handle the unintentional imbibing. The birds then slam into buildings, vehicles, or just act freakish for a while before they eventually snap out of it, just like your average bar fly.

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

You hear stories of humans having the cops called on them due to intoxication, but birds?

The reason: The birds have apparently found themselves with an unexpected excess of booze.

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

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