Tipsy birds flying into windows, cars in northern…


Police in a small northern Minnesota community have been taking some strange calls about birds that seem to be intoxicated.

Citizens in Gilbert on the state’s Iron Range have reported the birds flying into windows, cars and acting confused.

In a Facebook message , the police department says there’s an easy explanation: The birds are eating berries that have fermented earlier than usual this year because of an early frost.

‘The Gilbert Police department has received several reports of birds that appear to be ‘under the influence’ flying into windows, cars and acting confused,’ it wrote.

‘It appears that some birds are getting a little more ‘tipsy’ than normal.

Generally, younger bird’s livers cannot handle the toxins as efficiently as more mature birds.

There is no need to call law enforcement about these birds as they should sober up within a short period of time.

Police went on to ask that people only call if they spot ‘Woodstock pushing Snoopy off the doghouse for no apparent reason’ or ‘Angry Birds laughing and giggling uncontrollably and appearing to be happy.’

‘The reason behind this occurrence is certain berries we ave in our area have fermented earlier than usual due to an early frost, which in turn has expedited the fermenting process.’ 

National Parks Service ranger Sharon Stiteler told 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.

Stiteler says ‘drunk birds are totally a thing.’

The police department says there’s no need to panic, the birds will eventually sober up.


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