Minnesota town alerts residents over 'tipsy' birds

Some birds in Minnesota are getting really flocked up on fermented berries, according to police in the city of Gilbert.

Authorities in Gilbert warned citizens Tuesday of several reports of birds that appear to be "under the influence", causing the winged animals to fly 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.

Local residents commenting on the post reported seeing intoxicated birds around town.

The northeastern Minnesota town of Gilbert is alerting residents that birds may be a bit more "tipsy" than normal this time of year.

This has caused the interesting and odd occurrence of drunken birds to seem more prevalent than previous years.

Writing under a Facebook post about the problem, one resident said: 'I was going to say something. but I thought I was insane!

"Police added", Generally, younger bird's liver can't handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds.

"This explains why I have hit seven birds with my vehicle this week", another commented. Stiteler says "drunk birds are totally a thing". Berry fermentation is the answer.

The Gilbert Police Department post said the birds will likely sober up soon after the fermented berries are eaten and asked locals not to call unless they see "Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy" or "Tweety acting as if 10 feet tall and getting into confrontations with cats". Some even "slur" their chirps.

Vanessa Coleman

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