Authorities found Andrew Thornton, a cocaine runner, dead in a Tennessee park in September 1985. He was carrying a bag of cocaine, an umbrella that didn’t open, and the key to a small plane that was found at the crash site about 60 miles away.
The remainder of Mr. Thornton’s stock, which they believed he had disposed of along his flight path, had been the subject of months of enquiry. But a black bear discovered him first in the Georgian mountains. Before we could get to him, the bear tore the duffel bag, took some cocaine, and overdosed, an official told the Associated Press in December 1985.
The strange but true story that was the basis of the new movie.cocaine beerIt was the product of an unusual series of circumstances, according to wildlife experts from across the country. Specialists have seen Wild animals drink almost everythingincluding fancy chocolate brownies from the houses, hummingbird feeding syrups, and even other alcoholic beverages such as beer and marijuana.
Also, a skunk was reported racing in the parking lot behind a hotel with a McFlurry cup on its head, according to a call Jeff Hull received as a conservation officer with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. But animals’ appetites for human products, legal or illegal, can cause problems for them and for us.
When winter approaches and they need to gain weight, bears are notorious for stealing human food. Black bear biologist and fur bearer Dave Wattles of the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife commented that bears are constantly looking for simple, calorie-dense items.
Bears’ highly developed sense of smell has taught them that humans are a reliable source of these nutrients. The result is that they flip over the waste bins and sink into the garbage containers. In addition to ransacking backyard chicken coops and outdoor grease traps, they also loot bird feeders, beehives, and pet and animal feed.
Even breaking into houses occasionally. One bear thief was a frequent target of frozen food in the Berkshire Mountains.
According to Andrew Madden, Western District Superintendent of the Massachusetts Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, “Those bears entered many of the dwellings and went through the available food, went straight to the refrigerator and ate the ice cream. The flavor consistency is probably due to supply.”
Bears sometimes run into other subjects when searching for high-calorie food. According to Joseph Livingston of Colorado Parks and Wildlife, a native of Cotopaxi, Colorado, he reported in October 2020 that a bear broke into an outdoor freezer and stole edible marijuana. The animal also brought French fries, perhaps planning ahead.
Excitement with animals
Recreational drugs can make wild animals ill, regardless of their other effects. A disoriented raccoon discovered in a nearby yard was captured by the Gibson Wildlife Rescue Center in Gibsons, British Columbia, in January 2018. Through laboratory analysis, it was determined that the animal had recently consumed both marijuana and benzodiazepines, a class of depressants that are treated Frequently worried.
The facility kept the animal warm and calm, and after a few hours, it began to wake up. He was suddenly alive, Irene Davey, co-founder of the facility recalls, expressing a desire to break free which they did.
Ms. Davey isn’t sure how the raccoon obtained these items, but she noted that it may have consumed nutrients, swallowed the end of a joint, or discovered benzodiazepines in the trash.
Furthermore, the drugs have the potential to enter the water supply. Researchers found several illegal substances, including cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine, in a Hungarian lake after hosting a music festival nearby, according to a 2021 study. 2019 saw residue of cocaine discovered in freshwater shrimp collected from British rivers .
Although effects on wildlife are uncertain, studies indicate that the health and behavior of fish and crustaceans may be affected by drug-contaminated waters. According to one study, snakes exposed to water containing small amounts of cocaine appeared hyperactive and showed symptoms of muscle injury.
Intoxicants do not usually originate from people. Cedar waxwings that have consumed fermented berries and become drunk are often treated by Think Wild Central Oregon, which operates a wildlife helpline and a hospital.
The organization’s development and communications coordinator, Molly Honia, noted that she seemed a bit unsettled. They ended up banging windows as a result of their confusion and lack of coordination.
The hospital treats bird wounds and poisoning. “We put her in the oxygen tank and re-hydrate her,” Ms. Honia added.
Other creatures that supposedly became “drunk” after eating the fermented fruit included bears, deer, and, most notably, elephants. Although large animals must consume large amounts of fruit in order to drink.