Alcohol is an active ingredient in organic chemistry that has a very simple molecular structure. It is generally accepted that intoxication temporarily reduces stress. Increasing the neurotransmitter “GABA”, the primary negative molecule in the brain, reduces this stress, and it has been found that alcohol acts similarly to certain drugs that calm the mind by sending more of the neurotransmitter “GABA” into the brain cells. But persistent nerve stimulation can be harmful and lead to many side effects.
Apart from humans, there are many drug users in the animal kingdom. Elephants, dolphins and monkeys are prominent among them. Most notably, many of the animals that use the drug have been identified as relatively intelligent creatures. So I’m going to bring you a list of such animals that like to get drunk and the drugs they use.
Why elephants are gathered under marula tree?
Marula is a fruit that grows in the forests of Africa. It is a plant of economic importance to humans, as well as a good drug for African elephants. When the marula trees bear fruit, the herds gather around the trees and swallow the marula nuts that have fallen from the well-ripened tree. Elephants are intoxicated by the alcohol content of these ripe fruits and start doing nonsense! Not only elephants but many animals that live near these marula trees get intoxicated by eating these fruits.
Why wallaby are called as a pest of opium poppy?
The island of Tasmania in Australia is home to opium cultivation. Australia is thus responsible for 50% of the opium requirement for pharmaceuticals. Wallaby belongs to the kangaroo family but inherits a smaller body than the kangaroo. This Wallaby has been identified as a pest of the opium poppy. When there is a shortage of food, They break into opium plantations and eat flowers. In a moment, they intoxicated with opium, begin to run wildly through the opium plantations, causing severe damage to the crop.
Puffer fish and dolphins
Pufferfish are poisonous fish that live in the sea. When inflated, they inflate their bodies like a balloon. Then the thorn-like structures on their bodies protrude, reminiscent of a ball of thorns. These thorns are very toxic to humans and can even lead to death if left untreated. This amazing armor of puffer fish makes it difficult for predators to reach the fish. But in front of dolphins, puffer fish become a sport!
Zoologists have observed a strange pattern of behavior of dolphin herds in front of puffer fish. The dolphins gently bite the puffer fish when they encounter them. Then they exchange this puffer fish with the other members of their herd. Dolphins are by nature a very intelligent animal division. They also know that the toxins of these puffer fish can be deadly, but they know that they can get intoxicated by ingesting the toxins in small amounts. Therefore, it has been observed that they are intelligent enough to ingest those toxins in small doses.
However, after using this collective drug, the dolphins begin to behave a little strangely. Scientists have observed that they swim to the surface of the water and float near the surface of the water, and are amazed by their own reflection.
Monkeys are another group of animals that like to live in harmony. Among them are drug addicts. Capuchin monkeys, especially native to South America, use a hacker species to get drunk. Some hackers release special toxic compounds that cause hallucinations. Capuchin monkeys swarm around the hawks’ nests, capturing the venom on their bodies, and exchanging hackers with each other in the herd. Although they use this method to get rid of the annoying insects, they hope to get intoxicated as a side effect. The venom of these hackers contains cyanide, which is deadly to monkeys. But they ignore the risk and collectively inject the drug in the form of a drug-using party.
Horses risking their lives in the face of Locoweed
Locoweed is a common plant with about 300 species of plants. Horses have a great tendency to eat this locoweed. In the experience of farmers, horses become hysterical or intoxicated after eating this plant, and at other times they behave shyly. Horses intoxicated by locoweed show many of the symptoms, such as walking backwards and treading legs.Horses are highly addicted to this plant, and long-term consumption can cause them severe damage. It is said that the effect of locoweed on horses is similar to that of nicotine on humans
Most popular mushroom among the reindeer
This species of mushroom, known as Amanita muscaria, has a bright red color. Eating this kind of mushroom, which is deadly to humans, can lead to dizziness and psychosis and have fatal consequences. No matter how poisonous these mushrooms are to humans, deer can easily and safely digest them. This species of mushroom, which is covered in snow, is dug up by its feet and eaten greedily, as this amanita acts as a highly addictive drug to reindeer.
Why cats behave strangely in front of the catmint
Cats behave strangely in front of the catmint native to Europe. As soon as they see the catmint plants, they come among the plants, roll over on them, and begin to rub their faces on the parts. They are very fond of the smell of catmint, which makes them playful. Sometimes they get intoxicated by these catmints and behave like they are chasing imaginary objects. It is believed that cats’ behavior is similar to that of cat urine, as the volatile chemical compounds are similar to those in cat urine.
Do you know of any other such animals?