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Drunken Birds Prompt Calls to Minn. Police Department

05 October 2018

On social media, Gilbert residents noted seeing birds "walking on a sidewalk", while others reported hitting several with their vehicles.

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". In recent days, they have been flying perilously close to windows and cars, and generally seem to be discombobulated.

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"The reason behind this occurrence is certain berries we have in our area have fermented earlier than usual due to an early frost, which in turn has expedited the fermenting process".

Luckily, Techar says that, much like people, the birds will sober up after their berry bender and stop harassing unsuspecting townsfolk.

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Police in Gilbert, Minnesota issued a statement to address a growing problem in the small city. Residents sound concerned, with one responding, "That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately!" and another claiming that seven birds had run into their vehicle. Young birds may be particularly susceptible to drunkenness because their livers have not grown large enough to handle the unintentional imbibing.

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". If they can't fly properly or keep their balance, intoxicated birds are at risk of crashing into hard surfaces. The birds, which get drunk on fermented berries, are becoming something of a nuisance and have even caught the attention of local law enforcement.

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Drunken Birds Prompt Calls to Minn. Police Department