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"Drunk birds" reportedly flying into windows; causing havoc in Minnesota town

Posted at 12:43 PM, Oct 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-04 21:19:31-04

Police in Gilbert, Minnesota say they’ve received several calls about birds acting erratically, flying into cars and windows recently, and the reason why may surprise you.

According to police, the birds have been eating a certain type of berry that has started to freeze earlier than normal for the winter, causing the berries to ferment. So, in layman’s terms, the birds are becoming intoxicated after eating the berries.


One woman commented on the police department’s post that she has hit seven birds this week while driving to and from work. Another called them "Kamikaze birds" and said they've seen several dead birds on their porch this week. 

While police had fun with the post, they did confirm that younger birds aren't able to handle the toxins in the berries as well as older birds and may act erratically.

Police said the problem should fix itself soon as birds begin to migrate south for the winter, and there's no need to call 911 about the birds.