Thursday, 24 April 2014

Drunken elephants caught on camera stumbling around

Wednesday 23 Apr 2014 12:24 pm

Young elephants, drunk off fermented marula fruit, were caught stumbling over their siblings as they were too inebriated to stay upright.

Ross Couper, a field guide at Singita Kruger National Park in South Africa, witnessed the elephants playing around.

‘We watched in awe because the youngsters definitely seemed to display signs of being rather tipsy,’ he said.

Marula fruit is alleged to have an intoxicating effect once it has fallen and ripened on the ground.

There are other theories that the elephants’ behaviour is due to eating beetle pupae that resides in marula trees.

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