Police issue statement following large number of drunk birds

Police issue statement following large number of drunk birds

The warning was posted in response to reports of drunk birds flying into windows and cars, and just generally being wasted.

"The Gilbert Police Department has received several reports of birds that appear to be "under the influence" flying into windows, cars and acting confused", Gilbert Police Chief Ty Techar wrote in a statement that both acknowledged the unusual happenings and poked fun at them. The answer was bizarrely familiar: the birds were flying under the influence.

Police did, however, offer up a list of hilarious circumstances where residents should call police.

Police said the reason the birds are acting like this, is because of certain berries they have in the area that is fermented due to an early frost. According to CBS affiliate WCCO 4, the cause of this erratic behavior is one that might be familiar to some humans: The birds are drunk. Residents sound concerned, with one responding, "That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately!" and another claiming that seven birds had run into their vehicle. As James Owen explained in a 2014 piece for National Geographic, freezing prompts berries to convert starches into sugars, and when the berries subsequently thaw, "it [is] possible for yeast to get in" and expedite fermentation.

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"Generally, younger birds' livers can not handle the toxins as effectively as more mature birds", the police department writes.

The police department says, while the birds have been flying into cars and windows, there's no need to panic and they'll eventually sober up.

Authorities expect they will sober up some time in the near future.

Apparently, the birds of Gilbert, Minn., can't handle their liquor.

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