Minnesota Birds Are Getting 'Drunk' On Fermented Berries, Police Say

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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.

According to Gilbert police, its received numerous reports of what look to be drunk birds "flying into windows, cars and acting confused". Berries ferment with the cold, and because of an early frost in the area, the birds were eating the intoxicating berries before their planned trip to the south for the winter.

The Gilbert Police Department put out a press release this week stating they are well aware of the birds that appear to be "under the influence" and there's no need for alarm. "They're just careless and they're not looking for cars or other obstacles".

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

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Fermented berries can have the same impact on birds as alcohol does on humans. "Generally, younger birds' livers can not handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds".

"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.

Police say there's no need to call law enforcement about the birds, as they should sober up in a short period of time.

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The police force is asking, however, that residents watch out for "any other birds after midnight with Taco Bell items", or "Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy".

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

Drunk birds have been known to have difficultly flying.

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