Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Such Sweet Sorrow

If a sweet tooth could kill, I would be first on the death toll.

Well unfortunately, that is very much the case for some pretty birds known as Cedar Waxwings.

(Photo Credit)

These poor birds love sweet berries. They can't help themselves. Once they start, they just can't stop eating the delicious fruits. However, on occasion, when they come across a batch of overripe berries, they can become intoxicated by the concentrated fruit-turned-alcohol. And this is where the problem starts. They almost always drink and fly.

Here in Dallas, there are long stretches of berry bushes alongside a busy highway bridge. Hundreds of these birds stop to eat the sweet treats, only to become disoriented and fly straight in to traffic! Soon the roadside begins to look like a mass suicide scene. Poor birds. If only their mothers had taught them to either sleep it off or get a desginated flier.

(story source: Dallas Morning News)

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