Drunk Birds Are Going on 'Berry Benders' in Minnesota

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"Birds actually do get literally intoxicated when they eat berries that have started fermenting", a bird expert tells the Duluth News Tribune.

The Facebook page's comment section quickly filled with jokes and puns, as well as straight-faced posts from residents who had wondered what the heck was going on. That, paired with the fact many birds haven't yet migrated south, is causing this drunk bird phenomenon. "It appears that some birds are getting a little more "tipsy" than normal", he wrote. Young birds may be particularly susceptible to drunkenness because their livers have not grown large enough to handle the unintentional imbibing.

Techar said the birds would sober up themselves, and that there was no need for locals to call police if they found one.

The birds have become such a menace that the Gilbert Minnesota Police Department was forced to address the matter, issuing a hilarious statement on Facebook.

However, once they rehydrate and have a bird equivalent of a greasy breakfast, the feather fellows perk up and fly away unharmed. "That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately!"

Image: The birds are said to be "confused".

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"The look that says, "Look man, just turn off the lights and leave (bleep) me alone".

The Washington Post reports that the incident in Gilbert is not an isolated one.

"They'll be flying kind of erratically", he said. 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.

Wildlife officials in the Yukon, Canada had their hands full several years ago, when Bohemian waxwings, drunk on fermented mountain ash berries, kept hitting windows and walls.

Any other birds after midnight with Taco Bell items. "We will hold them in captivity until they sober up and then set them free".

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