“DRUNK birds were ‘totally a thing’,” US National Parks Service ranger Sharon Stiteler told KMSP-TV, when explaining what had alarmed some Minnesota residents.
They had reported to Gilbert Police Department their fears for young robins found intoxicated and flying into windows.
Stiteler said an early frost meant food berries had fermented earlier than usual, causing some to drink and fly.
Police entered into the ‘spirit’ of the drama saying people should not alert police about birds unless they saw “Bigbird operating a motor vehicle in an unsafe manner” or “Tweety acting as if 10 feet tall and getting into confrontations with cats”.
AND while we’re on the theme of wildlife, a French animal rights group has launched a campaign to protect the rats of Paris.
Authorities concerned about hygiene and the spread of disease have launched an extermination campaign against the estimated four million rodents in the city.
However not everyone is happy about the move, with the Paris Animaux Zoopolis group putting up posters in Metro stations declaring that rats are “sensitive individuals” that “should not be seen as synonymous with filth”.