Saturday, June 24, 2006

Ultimate Party Animals - Part II

A group of pelicans have been taken into custody in California - under suspicion of being inebriated in public.
The birds revealed they might be under the influence when one of them crashed through the windshield of a car in Laguna Beach. The other three were found wandering around the town in a drunken haze. The Los Angeles Times reported that "after the pelicans being held in Huntington Beach have sobered up, they will be released on their own recognizance". The most likely explanation for the behaviour is demoic acid, a substance that can be absorbed from algae in water. It's not the first time this has happened in the area. Forty years or so ago, a similar incident was - apparently - the inspiration for Alfted Hitchock's classic movie The Birds.

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