Residents of a small town have been warned to look out for birds drunk on fermented berries after the animals crashed into cars and windows. The birds then slam into buildings, vehicles, or just act weird for a while before they eventually snap out of it, just like your average bar fly.
Officials in Gilbert, Minnesota have asked residents to be aware of birds flying under the influence.
Writing under a Facebook post about the problem, one resident said: 'I was going to say something. but I thought I was insane! Stiteler says "drunk birds are totally a thing". Or, more specifically, berries that froze, causing the starch they contain to convert to sugar, which in turn fermented when the berries thawed.
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"Generally, younger birds' livers can not handle the toxins as effectively as more mature birds", the police department writes.
"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.
Authorities expect they will sober up some time in the near future. Police did note, however, that witnesses should be in touch if they see "Big bird operating a motor vehicle in an unsafe manner" or "Woodstock pushing Snoopy off the doghouse for no apparent reason".
In their statement, Gilbert police assure residents that there is "no need to contact law enforcement about these birds as they should sober up within a short period of time".