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    Possibly Drunk Pelican Hits Windshield

    LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. - The driver was sober. The bird he hit may have been under the influence. A California brown pelican flew through the windshield of a motorist on the Pacific Coast Highway in Orange County Thursday, and wildlife officials said the bird was probably intoxicated by a chemical in the water.

    Though toxicology tests take several weeks, the odd bird behavior was likely the result of poisoning from domoic acid, which has been found in the ocean in the area, said Lisa Birkle, assistant wildlife director at the Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach.

    Birds can be poisoned through eating algae tainted by the acid.

    The driver was not hurt. The pelican needed surgery for a broken foot, and also had a gash on its pouch.

    "She's hanging in there," Birkle said.

    The Wetlands and Wildlife Care Center has received 16 calls of strange bird behavior in the past week, and was holding three other birds found disoriented and wandering through yards and in streets.

    Domoic acid poisoning was the most likely cause of a 1961 invasion of thousands of frantic seabirds in Northern California that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Birds."

    Those birds flew into buildings and pecked several humans.

    Pelicans have excellent eyesight and they are unlikely to have flown into a car without some kind of intoxication, Birkle said.

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    Re: Possibly Drunk Pelican Hits Windshield

    Wow.. Now if that bird would have been in Wisconsin, these stupid cops would have tried to given that bird a field sobriety test..

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    Re: Possibly Drunk Pelican Hits Windshield

    what?!?!!?!!? that is awesome!

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    Re: Possibly Drunk Pelican Hits Windshield

    forget the chemicals, the pelicans were partying.
    WE CAN BUILD ON THIS!!!

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    Re: Possibly Drunk Pelican Hits Windshield

    With the several weird bird actions recently, maybe they need to look for some NEW problem the birds are getting into. I'm sure the ocean problem has been there awhile.
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    Re: Possibly Drunk Pelican Hits Windshield

    Ok, so this is an odd story. Back in the day when coreyd use to smoke the sticky icky, a bird hit my car too.

    I was sitting at the tanning salon parking lot waiting on my girlfriend, and cheefin the green spinach. Well, I got really lit and got the munchies. I decided to run across the street to grab some funyons and squirt. As I sit there waiting for traffic to drive by, a bird caught my eye. I looked right was the little bastard SLAMMED into my drivers side window. I was baked so I thought I was imagining the entire thing. Until I opened my door and seen the little bastard lying there.....dead.

    Odd pooh huh!?

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