U.S BIRDS 'TIPSY' AFTER EATING FERMENTED BERRIESDate: 2018-10-05
The Gilbert Police Department in Arizona has been receiving a lot of strange calls regarding 'boozed up' birds flying into windows and cars after bingeing on more-fermented-than-usual berries.
It is believed that the early frost this year caused the berries to ferment earlier than usual, causing the birds who ate them to technically be 'under the influence'. Younger birds are said to be taking the effect a lot harder than older birds because of their bodies not being able to handle the toxins particularly well just yet.
National Parks Service ranger, Sharon Stiteler, told KMSP-TV that robins and cedar waxwings eat crabapples, which contain sugar that can turn into alcohol when they lose moisture. Drunk birds are "totally a thing" she added.
In a statement, the Gilbert Police Department said "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' than normal."
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