Everyone knows that catnip + cats = high cats. But, did you know there are many other animals that also can get high off of various substances? File this under facts you don't really need to know, but now you do.
When reindeer eat hallucinogenic mushrooms, Amanita muscaria, a fun trip can follow. Biologists have documented reindeer acting drunk after eating these mushrooms, including running around aimlessly, making odd noises and twitching.
Lisa Steiner, a marine biologist observed a group of rough-toothed dolphins pushing around a pufferfish. Pufferfish produce tetrodotoxin, which is known to be toxic and lethal, so it was odd that the dolphins were going near the pufferfish. Lisa concluded that the dolphins were getting high off of small amounts of tetrodotoxin, which caused them to continue to hang around the pufferfish.
The animals that live on the Australian island of Tasmania have found their way into poppy fields, known to have small amounts of opiates (which can be found in opium). After consuming some of the poppies, the wallabies would run around in circles before finally passing out.
It looks like it isn't just humans and cats that can get high!
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