Top 12 drunken animal stories

Bladdered birds

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In late 2014, boozed-up birds were found to be falling from the sky in Canada after getting drunk on frost-fermented berries. Wildlife officials were called upon in the Yukon to help sobre up flocks of Bohemian waxwings after a number of crash landings.

According to reports by The Toronto Star, a number of residents reported seeing several birds feasting on the berries of Mountain Ash trees before flying off erratically and crashing into windows.

Unable to fly in a straight line, officials detained the inebriated birds in makeshift “drunk tanks”, essentially hamster cages, until the effects wore off.

The species is renowned for their especially large livers, however an increased need to fill up on fruit ahead of the long winter can cause the birds to overindulge.

Derek Matthews, chair of the Vancouver Avian Research Centre, told the National Post: “There are many, many records of waxwings drinking themselves almost to death by eating more fermenting berries than their bodies can handle. They either die from ruptured livers, or by flying quasi-drunkenly into plate-glass windows.”

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