Police in Gilbert, Minnesota have been getting calls about birds flying into windshields, trees, and overall just looking a bit "drunk". And police are saying not to worry about the birds. They're just... actually drunk?!
Gilbert Police Chief Ty Techar said this "drunkenness" isn't from their 5th shot of tequila (you know, they like those tequila bottles with the worm inside), but instead from eating berries! Technar claimed the early frost in Minnesota caused the berries to ferment earlier than usual.
“There is no need to call law enforcement about these birds,” he said, “as they should sober up within a short period of time.”
Anna Pidgeon, associate professor at the University of Wisconsin's Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, agrees with Technar's claims and says it happens more than you'd think...
“(They) lose their coordination, they lose their natural ability to escape predators — including poor judgment when it comes to flying,” she said.
Pidgeon also added that it is possible for the birds to get alcohol poisoning. And yes, that's her real name.
If you're wondering what to do if you ever come in contact with a drunk bird, Pidgeon suggests placing the bird in a dark, safe place. Everyone knows it's much easier to sober up and avoid a hangover in a dark, comfy corner.
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