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The Case of the Whacked-Out Wallabies

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Posted on Jun 25, 2009
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Let’s go get stoned: Wallabies have been seen acting strange in the opium fields.

Australians have found the source of a rash of mysterious crop circles: drugged-out wallabies. According to the attorney general of Tasmania, the kangaroo-like creatures have been eating opium poppies in fields grown for medical purposes, getting high and walking around in circles. Are you listening, Mel Gibson?

BBC:

Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around “as high as a kite”, a government official has said.

Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania, said the kangaroo-like marsupials were getting into poppy fields grown for medicine.

She was reporting to a parliamentary hearing on security for poppy crops.

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By kim_004, July 19, 2009 at 9:04 am Link to this comment

this is too funny, love it- thanks. I knew there was something I liked about kangaroos, they just make me laugh.  Perhaps these animals need to zone out of the mess the world seems to be in. Where are the poppies again?

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By hippie4ever, June 28, 2009 at 11:13 am Link to this comment

I wonder if they’ll run a segment on Animal Planet?

Remember the study (I think around 1970) involving spiders? They drugged them & then recorded how the various substances affected the spiders’ webs. The spiders on acid created a web with great detail in certain areas but large areas were badly supported & sparse. Alcohol made the webs sloppy, while caffeine inspired the best webs of all. I don’t remember if they were given opium but it interested me that the spiders, another species, reacted in ways not dissimilar to people.

Where in Tasmania are these fields? I’d like to visit there someday.

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By Purple Girl, June 28, 2009 at 5:07 am Link to this comment

I think Lara has been eating the Poppies. So drugged up Wallabees are able to stagger in geometrically accurate designs?? Able to make such intricate layouts individually or as a group?
Perhaps we should begin studying these Creatures they apparently have the same intellecual capabilities as Humans- perhaps we should seek their insight on the Global economic meltdown, or Global Warming, Astrophysics and nano techonology.
What an absolutely ridiculous ascertain!Please don’t tell me this woman has anything higher than a grade school education.

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By G.Anderson, June 27, 2009 at 10:45 pm Link to this comment

Actually there has been an ongoing disinformation campaign in relation to crop circles for a long, time. Without ridicule there would be fear.

Those poppies, are a special kind, red poppies, which are used to make suboxone, and also subutex. Someone is betting that millions of American’s will soon be prescribed, these dangerous drugs.

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By Ronk, June 26, 2009 at 10:27 am Link to this comment
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I’ve yet to see any pictures of these crop circles. I don’t imagine that there crop circles are very interesting… I could be wrong.

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By Outraged, June 25, 2009 at 10:52 pm Link to this comment

I have read several instances of “animals” getting high, I guess they haven’t “heard” the prohibitionists’ mantra, “EVIL, EVIL, EVIL”.

Yeah, animals “do it” all the time, in more ways than one….. therefore, since according to us they don’t have a “god”.... wait… since according to us they don’t have a god…. ah, wait a minute…. THEY DON’T HAVE A GOD…...at least, “according to us”. (time to REINTERPRET scripture)

Wait….. I got it, “being lower animals”, of course, and therefore…... ah…ah…ah, I forgot.  WAIT, I “KNOW” there’s something here… hold up, goddamn it, DON’T RUSH ME, I hate that…. anyway, I “know”.... um…um…. um

It doesn’t matter.  “I know”... “I know” and that’s the end of it!  Some people…I mean, ANIMALS….whatever!  Why do we talk about things we already “KNOW”... ANYWAY!

It’s annoying.  Jesus Christ, you’ll give me a damn heart attack…..  what the hell…..some people don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground…..

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By Xntrk, June 25, 2009 at 9:09 pm Link to this comment

The comments on the BBC article are far funnier than the ones we manage. Either the Ausies have a better sense of humor; less on their minds; or spend more time getting stoned. Perhaps we should keep a closer watch on our wild animals. Who knows what the grizzlies in Montana are really up to? Then there are all the raccoons…

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By diamond, June 25, 2009 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

People act this strangely in Afghanistan all the time - for the same reason. Getting involved with poppy fields is a bad trip man. But at least these fields are grown for medicine, not the CIA.

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