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SYDNEY - Hundreds of seemingly drunk parrots are falling out of trees and the sky in a northern Australian town, mystifying veterinary surgeons who are struggling to care for them.
The brightly coloured lorikeets are showing classic signs of drunkenness by losing all co-ordination and passing out, and then cowering in cages as they recover from their "hangovers".
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Hansen said nobody was sure what was causing the symptoms, although it may be a plant they are eating. Other theories include an outbreak of a mystery virus
Hansen said "drunk" lorikeets have been seen in Palmerston previously but never in such numbers, adding that the birds can die without proper care.
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
Birds and many mammals will imbibe themselves by eating too much over ripe fruit literally making them drunk.
The increasing trend, revealed in a state government Budget Estimates hearing, can explain the emergence of mysterious crop circles in many of Tasmania’s poppy fields, The Advertiser reports.
The wallabies break into the paddocks, eat the poppies and start running around in circles, said Attorney-General Lara Giddings.
“We have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles,” she said.