Drunken Birds Prompt Calls to Minn. Police Department

The Gilbert Police Department put out a press release this week stating they are well aware of the birds that appear to be

More Birds Are Getting Drunk This Year, MN Town Advises Residents

In comments responding to the statement on Facebook, Gilbert residents shared stories of erratic bird behavior.

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

Police say the reason behind this is the fact that certain berries in the area have fermented earlier than usual due to an early frost.

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". "They're just careless and they're not looking for cars or other obstacles". "That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately!"

Fermented berries can have the same impact on birds as alcohol does on humans. As James Owen explained in a 2014 piece for National Geographic, freezing prompts berries to convert starches into sugars, and when the berries subsequently thaw, "it [is] possible for yeast to get in" and expedite fermentation.

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Also, younger birds' livers can not handle the fermented berries as well as older birds. "They have actually fallen out of trees on occasion".

Techar said the birds would sober up themselves, and that there was no need for locals to call police if they found one.

Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy.

A third resident claimed to have found three dead birds on her deck, while another was forced to brake hard when a bird flew into her auto windshield. They reassure folks they'll "sober up within a short period of time".

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