Thursday, August 1, 2013

I mean, birds are pretty dumb

More than 100 seagulls found dead in England's Wistlandpound Reservoir may have been intoxicated from eating ants. According to the British newspaper "The Sun," experts suspect the gulls may have been feasting on flying ants, which would have released formic acid into their system. When in the birds' system, formic acid produces effects similar to alcohol intoxication. If that's the case, the birds could have drunkenly crashed into the lake and drowned. A rep for South West Water says they are performing tests on the water to rule out water contamination as a cause of the birds' deaths.
I mean, birds are pretty dumb. I've heard them eating fermented berries but this is definitely a new one. On the other hand, toxic flying ants sound pretty terrifying.

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