Drunk birds causing havoc in the US

2018-10-05 16:02
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Police in Minnesota, in the US, have been receiving distress calls from locals complaining about intoxicated birds.

As the saying goes, truth is stranger than fiction. The police in the city of Gilbert have warned locals of intoxicated young birds flying drunk.

“The Gilbert Police Department has received several reports of birds that appear to be ‘under the influence’ flying into windows, cars and acting confused,” writes Ty Techar, local police chief, in a statement.

Apparently the reason behind it is young birds eat overripe berries – it happens every year, but “it appears that some birds are getting a little more ‘tipsy’ than normal”, Techar writes.

As to why it’s only affecting younger birds, he says, “Generally, younger birds’ livers can’t handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds.”

He’s asked the public not to inundate police with complaints about the drunk birds as, he says, “they should sober up within a short period of time”.

Perplexed residents haven taken to social media to report incidents.

“I was going to say something . . . but I thought I was crazy!!!” one resident wrote on Facebook. “2 birds dove into my windshield both on the way to work and on the way home . . . I was wondering what was going on.”

There have been no arrests for “flying under the influence” – though several feathered residents of Gilbert are probably nursing the mother of all hangovers right now.

Sources: Washington Post, Fox8

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