posted on Jun, 25 2006 @ 02:46 AM
4 pelicans have been detained in California. They say they were acting drunk and one of the birds also crashed into the windshield of a car. The birds
are now being tested and the public are asked to be on the lookout for birds acting "drunk", disoriented or being in an unusual place
thing is..., these birds are actually showing symptoms of having the bird flu, and they are asking people to be on the lookout for birds showing bird
flu symptoms (without actually saying so). I've seen numerous reports in different media about this "drunken pelicans" story. All of the articles
say that these pelicans might be "drunk on sea algae", they don't mention bird flu at all and they have this little story mentioning Hitchcock's
movie "The birds" to spice up the story.
ABC News Online: California detains 'drunk' pelicans
June 25, 2006
Four pelicans suspected of being drunk on sea algae were being tested at a southern California wildlife centre after one of them crashed headlong into
a car. Three of the California brown pelicans were found wandering dazed in the streets of Laguna Beach after another pelican struck a vehicle's
windshield on a nearby coast road.
The other pelicans were rounded up after assistant wildlife director Lisa Birkle warned the public to be on the lookout for birds acting "drunk",
disoriented or being in an unusual place. Shellfish tainted with domoic acid was thought to be the culprit behind a 1961 attack of seabirds on people
and cars in the oceanside California town of Capitola that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's horror movie The Birds.Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I wonder what those tests will show, and I wonder if they'll go public if the birds are found to be infected with the bird flu...