Contact Us

Drunk Birds Don’t Fly Well

There has been talk in recent weeks about birds falling from the sky, dead. While I haven’t followed the hows and whys of these events (some of which likely predict the Apocalypse), this article shows that there is indeed a legitimate reason for some of these dead birds. The explanation isn’t as glamorous as aliens taking over our skies, but it’s somewhat amusing.

Recently a flock of birds were found dead in Romania. After further examination, veterinarians determined that the birds were drunk, resulting in their deaths.

Residents of the Black Sea city of Constanta alerted authorities on Saturday after they found dozens of dead starlings, fearing they may have been infected with bird flu, which triggered mass deaths in avian populations in 2004-2006.

“Tests on five birds showed gizzards full of grape marc which caused their death,” Romeu Lazar, head of the city’s veterinary authority told Reuters, referring to a pulpy residue which is a by-product of winemaking.

“This also applies to two dead crows we tested,” Lazar said. Birds are not used to alcohol but harsh winter and snow had prevented birds from finding food. Had they been able to eat some seeds, this would have diluted the poison.”

This makes me wonder if the berries on the bushes outside of my kitchen contain alcohol for the birds who eat them. Perhaps the next time I see them dive-bombing those bushes, I’ll need to watch them for a while to see if they, too, become intoxicated.

Click to read the entire article Yahoo!

Drunk Birds
(Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

More From 92.9 NIN

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://929nin.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on 92.9 KNIN Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on 92.9 KNIN Radio quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!