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Drunk Birds Causing Havoc In A Town. Cops Say They'll Sober Up Soon

Drunk Birds Causing Havoc In A Town. Cops Say They'll Sober Up Soon

Some birds in Minnesota are getting really flocked up on fermented berries, according to police in the city of Gilbert. "2207520000.1538684635./2195695864088381/?type=3&theater">posted a message to its Facebook page Tuesday that explained why the birds are acting out. In Gilbert, an early frost has fermented local berries, leading to young birds getting drunk from eating them.

It's avian anarchy. The local birds of Gilbert, Minnesota, have been getting so drunk that the town's police department had to release a statement about the spring-break-esque behavior.

The department noted that it's still early enough in the fall season that not all birds have begun their southern migration, which means more of them are still in Gilbert.

Younger birds can not handle the toxins as well as older birds, local police chief Ty Techar said in a statement.

Gilbert Police chief Ty Techer told KMSP the phenomenon of the drunk birds has been labeled "berry benders" due to their fermented food source.

Luckily, Techar says that, much like people, the birds will sober up after their berry bender and stop harassing unsuspecting townsfolk. "The young birds" livers can't process it as well; they seem to be loopier, for lack of a better term".

National Parks Service ranger Sharon Stiteler tells KMSP-TV that robins and waxwings feast on fruit such as crabapples, and that the sugar in those fruits can turn into alcohol as they lose moisture. Since the birds have not yet flown south for the winter, they are still around to feed on the fermented berries once they thaw, which causes them to actually become drunk.