Wednesday, 17 October, 2018

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

More Birds Are Getting Drunk This Year, MN Town Advises Residents ‘Drunk Birds’ Are Terrorizing a Town in Minnesota
Steve Townsend | 05 October, 2018, 07:13

Matthew Dodder, a self-described "bird guy" in Palo Alto, California, told The Washington Post that since there's no such thing as a birdie breathalyzer, you have to look at their in-flight behavior to the level of avian intoxication.

Gilbert Police Chief Ty Techar wrote on Facebook that he received about a dozen calls about "birds that appear to be under the influence, flying into windows, cars and acting confused". "They're just careless and they're not looking for cars or other obstacles". An early frost this year sped up the fermentation process, police said. Or, more specifically, berries that froze, causing the starch they contain to convert to sugar, which in turn fermented when the berries thawed.

Minnesota authorities released a statement on Tuesday after multiple Gilbert residents called to complain about seemingly inebriated birds that have been menacing the city.

He said robins, cedar waxwings and thrushes are the bird species most likely to tie one on since they eat more berries than other species. "Generally, younger birds' livers can not handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds", the department wrote.

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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.

Woodstock pushing Snoopy off the doghouse for no apparent reason.

The police department says there's no need to panic, the birds will eventually sober up.

The department noted that it's still early enough in the fall season that not all birds have begun their southern migration, which means more of them are still in Gilbert.

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