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Vultures feared might die were simply ‘too drunk to fly’

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KILLINGWORTH, Conn. – Animal rescuers “suspected the worst” when they came across a pair of black animals vultures in very rough form earlier this month in Connecticut. But it turns out that these two feathered friends had simply had too much to drink.

A Place Called Hope, which treats injured birds of prey, responded to help the sick vultures with Watertown Animal Control.

“Literally Drunk”

“They were literally drunk,” the wildlife rehabilitators said. “Unable to balance, stand, kept passing out or sitting in our eyes, actively dying… we did every test and in the end they were too drunk to fly.”

Animal rescuers say some vultures were too drunk to fly.

A place called hope

After “ruling out everything else,” rescuers determined that the vultures had likely dived into a dumpster the day before embezzlement and “indulging oneself in something sufficiently fermented to cause serious intoxication.”

“They just needed fluids and had to be tucked in overnight… and were given a BIG breakfast the next day,” the organization said.

Vultures released back to their colony

A video posted the next day showed that the pair had indeed slept in, as they were able to fly away and rejoin their colony.

Thanks team for bringing these two out again! Enjoy watching the now sober Black Vultures being released.

Posted by A Place Called Hope on Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The rehabilitation facility said the incident can serve as a reminder for people to ensure waste containers remain closed, as some fermented fruit cocktails can have harmful effects on wildlife.

“Birds don’t let other birds fly drunk,” said A Place Called Hope. “This dynamic duo had each other’s backs, but I don’t know if any lessons were learned on their part.”

According to the state’s Audubon Society, black vultures are a common sight in Connecticut year-round. You can see them cleaning up roadkill on the highway or scavenging for food in landfills.

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