'Drunk birds' flying into windows, cars in northern Minnesota

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Those berries are filled with ethanol, with the substance causing birds to lose their inhibitions, just like human drunks, and pay less attention to potential obstacles or hazards.

Many birds have not yet migrated south, and those still in town have been eating the berries up and, according to police, getting "a little more "tipsy" than normal'".

Also, the youngsters can't quite hold their boozy berries like their elders.

"Generally young birds' livers can not handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds".

Still, there is no need to alert law enforcement if you see these birds out and about.

The police department says there's no need to panic, the birds will eventually sober up.

Commenters on the department's Facebook page confirmed the sightings. "That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately!"

"I was going to say something.but I thought I was insane!" commented another.

Species like robins, thrushes and waxwings, which tend to eat more berries than their other feathered friends, are most likely to get buzzed as they gorge themselves on alcoholic fruits while trying to bulk up for winter. In recent days, they have been flying perilously close to windows and cars, and generally seem to be discombobulated. The answer was bizarrely familiar: the birds were flying under the influence. "They have actually fallen out of trees on occasion". If they can't fly properly or keep their balance, intoxicated birds are at risk of crashing into hard surfaces.

As humorous as it might sound, bingeing on berries can be deadly for birds. "We will hold them in captivity until they sober up and then set them free".

Most of us know what it's like to have one too many adult beverages.

Any other birds after midnight with Taco Bell items.



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