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'Tipsy' birds reported in Minnesota city after eating fermented berries, police say

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FILE - Birds. (MGN)

GILBERT, Minn. (CIRCA) - Some “tipsy” birds ruffled up feathers in a Minnesota city after consuming fermented berries.

The Gilbert Police Department says it was alerted by several residents that birds in the small city had been acting erratically by flying into windows and crashing into cars.

In a public notice, police explained that berries growing in the region had fermented earlier than normal after a frost hit the area.

“Many birds have not migrated south, so it appears to be more prevalent than in past years,” police stated.

Police explained it was the younger birds that were affected, since their livers aren’t as tolerant of toxins.

“It appears that some birds are getting a little more ‘tipsy’ than normal. Generally, younger birds’ livers cannot handle the toxins as efficiently more mature birds,” police said.

The police department told the public there was no need to notify it, since the effect would wear off.

Police added they could be contacted for “Heckle and Jeckle walking around being boisterous or playing practical jokes” or “Woodstock pushing Snoopy off the doghouse for no apparent reason.”

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