Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Birds Drunk on Fermented Berries are Causing Chaos in a Minnesota City

Birds Drunk on Fermented Berries are Causing Chaos in a Minnesota City

Berries ferment with the cold, and because of an early frost in the area, the birds were eating the intoxicating berries before their planned trip to the south for the winter.

Stiteler, who posts stunning bird pictures to her Facebook page and runs a blog called, created a special "detox tank" for a waxwing who had one too many back in 2013.

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

Younger birds can not handle the toxins as well as older birds, local police chief Ty Techar said in a statement. 2 birds dove into my windshield both on the way to work and on the way home. In recent days, they have been flying perilously close to windows and cars, and generally seem to be discombobulated. Stiteler says "drunk birds are totally a thing". "Flying under the influence of ethanol" had led to the birds' deaths, they concluded in a 2012 study published in the Journal of Ornithology. "We typically see them flying lower than usual through traffic".

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

"Oh my! That explains all the birds bouncing off my window lately!"

Gilbert Police chief Ty Techer told KMSP the phenomenon of the drunk birds has been labeled "berry benders" due to their fermented food source. "They have actually fallen out of trees on occasion".

As humorous as it might sound, bingeing on berries can be deadly for birds.

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

As Dodder told The Post, "Sometimes, they just need a bit of time in a quiet setting to recover". The officials also expect the birds to sober up soon enough. If the bird may be in danger from cats or other predators, it's best to pick it up gently with a towel and put it in a ventilated box in a dark and quiet spot.

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