Wednesday 22 January 2020

Drunken birds find they can't wing it in flight

Jeremy Laurence

SUMMER'S fruitfulness can be hazardous for Britain's birds. Vets investigating the deaths of 12 blackbirds in Cumbria have concluded they were not victims of foul play: they were drunk.

Fermented berries on the ground offer a tasty alcoholic treat. Some birds enjoyed them so much they became unsteady.

This is risky enough on the ground, but in the air it is a serious liability. The birds were all found injured at a school and the police were called.

Another bird, found alive but "unwell", was sent to a wildlife centre where staff observed it placing its wings on the ground to steady itself. The vets suspect the injuries sustained were from mid-air collisions. (© Independent News Service)

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