Not to be a narc or anything, but animals get high a LOT. Horses eat locoweed to hallucinate. Monkeys eat poisonous insects to get their buzz on. Jaguars gnaw on hallucinogenic roots. Hummingbirds suck toxic dater flower nectar. Reindeer eats their very own type of ‘shrooms.
But, as your stereotypical 1960s hippie uncle would say, “It’s all natural, maaaan.” The addiction that Russian bears have developed, though, is not. Like teenagers (or, let’s face it, 20-, 30- or 40-somethings) huffing helium or doing whippets, Russian bears have found that canned gases are the way to go. Their drug of choice? Aircraft fuel. The Mirror writes:
Bears have become addicted to fumes in discarded canisters of gasoline and kerosene.
The huge creatures inhale the aircraft fuel deeply before digging a shallow hole and lying back as the effects kick in…
[Photographer Igor Shpilenok] said some of the addicted predators even stalked helicopters, waiting for take off and drops of fuel to leak onto the hard soil for them to hoover up.
Wait, they get high and then lie in a hole? Anyone else hear “Perfect Day” playing?
Anyway, don’t judge. If you lived in South Kamchatka, in the far east of Russia, you’d probably get your kicks wherever you could, too.
- Russian bears addicted to aircraft fuel , Newsbite
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