WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The Gilbert Minnesota Police Department received multiple reports last week from residents complaining about birds behaving strangely.
- Authorities released a statement on Tuesday explaining that the birds’ behavior was due to fermented berries that they consumed making them appear “to be under the influence.”
- Gilbert Police Chief Ty Techar explained on a social media post that the city experienced an early frost this year that’s why the berries also fermented earlier — producing alcohol.
The Gilbert Minnesota Police Department announced last week that they received several calls about drunk birds in the community. The misbehaving birds, the department explained, have been intoxicated by “certain berries.”
An early frost has “expedited the fermenting process,” the police department explained in a public post on Tuesday.
“Many birds have not migrated south, so it appears to be more prevalent than in past years. It appears that some birds are getting a little more ‘tipsy,’” the officials added.
The department also explained that the younger the birds are, the more they can’t handle the alcohol effect because their liver can’t efficiently handle the “toxins” from the fermented berries.
The Washington Post reported that species including robins, thrushes and cedar waxwings are more likely than others to become “drunk” from these berries. These types of birds prefer berries over insects and usually eat more than necessary before migrating south for the winter.
According to the Smithsonian Magazine, intoxicated birds have a different way to communicate. Just like alcohol’s effect on humans, it can also make birds ‘slur’, the researchers with the Oregon Health and Science University said.
“Most birds likely just get a bit tipsy, and very few people would be able to pick them out as intoxicated,” Meghan Larivee, a laboratory coordinator at Environment Yukon, a Canadian government agency, told National Geographic in 2014. “However, every now and then, some birds just overdo it.”
The Gilbert Police assured the residents that the birds “should sober up within a short period of time.”
Source: Fox News