Drunk, confused birds in Minnesota town prompt police statement

Officials in Gilbert Minnesota warned the birds-

Officials in Gilbert Minnesota warned the birds-"drunk from berries that have fermented earlier than usual this year- are flying into windows and cars

Yes, you read that correctly.

Police in Gilbert, Minnesota issued a statement to address a growing problem in the small city - drunk birds.

Residents of Gilbert, Minnesota, have been reporting birds flying into windows and cars and acting generally confused.

Incidents around town involving intoxicated birds appear to be more prevalent than in past years, Techar added, because many have not yet migrated south.

Also, the youngsters can't quite hold their boozy berries like their elders. "Generally, younger birds' livers can not 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".

Commenters on the department's Facebook page confirmed the sightings.

"Oh my! That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately", said one resident.

"I was going to say something.but I thought I was insane!" commented another.

"Birds actually do get literally intoxicated when they eat berries that have started fermenting, and that does lead to drunken behavior", she told the outlet.

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

"The look that says, "Look man, just turn off the lights and leave (bleep) me alone". The birds go from bush to bush trying to find more berries, their balance getting progressively worse.

"We've sort of nicknamed it "berry benders, ' now that these birds are on a berry bender", Techer said". Police initially suspected, ahem, fowl play, but post-mortem examinations found berries in the birds' gastrointestinal tracts and high alcohol levels in a liver sample, according to National Geographic's Owen, suggesting that fermented fruits played a role in their deaths. The territory's animal health unit would find them with juice-stained beaks, pop them into hamster cages (or "drunk tanks"), give them a few hours to sober up and then set them free.

Most of us know what it's like to have one too many adult beverages.

"Sometimes, they just need a bit of time in a quiet setting to recover", he said.

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