Birds found dead after drinking alcoholic berries in Little Rock

Birds found dead after drinking alcoholic berries in Little Rock

LITTLE ROCK, AR (KAIT/KATV) - If you're walking in Downtown Little Rock you may want to watch your step.

Photos sent to KATV show dead birds scattered on the streets.

It's a bizarre sight but the weirdest part is how they died.

Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has a logical explanation.

"This species of berry-eating birds are often exposed to berries that have ethanol in them," said Jennifer Ballard, a wildlife veterinarian with the commission. "It's fermented, and what that can do is when birds eat that, it can alter their behavior."

Basically, what that means is at least a dozen birds became intoxicated on alcoholic berries by a nearby bush.

They crashed into buildings and cars as well as falling out of trees.

One theory is that the recent bad weather in the area is what may have caused the berries to go bad.

The commission said that when it comes to cleaning up the carcasses, predatory birds have already swooped in and taken care of the job.

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