Deep down, we humans are driven by an animal instinct, resulting in our seemingly unstoppable attraction to foods or drinks that we like. After all, our earliest ancestors leaped through the underbrush to collect fermented fruit (the first real drugs we tasted), and the attraction to intoxicating substances hasn’t stopped since. Just ask some of our friends in the animal kingdom, who will go to great (and somewhat humorous) lengths to get drunk or stoned. We can learn a lot about our behavior by observing some “animal junkies” in the wild. Still, which cases are the most fascinating. Which ones can definitely shed light on the dangers of drugs and alcohol? Let’s take a closer look at the big wide world of animal junkies.

Reindeer and Magic Mushrooms

THE BIG WIDE WORLD OF ANIMAL JUNKIESRudolph would certainly “run, run” to town if he practiced the same habits as his wild cousin. According to reports, reindeer will purposefully seek out the fly agaric mushroom (Amanita muscaria), a fungus that induces severe hallucinogens. (You can easily spot this red-and-white-spotted mushroom, as it has appeared in the legends of fairy rings and magic.) According to scientists, reindeer that eat these mushrooms will wildly run around (like they are drunk) and makes strange noises and movements.

Prairies Pack a Punch

Did you know that some of the biggest collections of animal junkies are found in the southwestern Great Plains of the United States? In this region, horses and other grazers will sometimes consume the Astragalus and Oxytropis plants. Although the activity might be infrequent, animals who have consumed these addictive grasses will (according to reports) continue to use these plants over and over. Scientists have recorded some animals exhibiting a lopsided gait, poor vision, and listless behavior after eating these grasses.

Tree Roots for Jaguars

We’ve all seen the funny and charming behavior exhibited by our pet cats after they indulge in catnip, but, in the jungles of South America, one of their giant cousins shares a similar experience after eating a tree. Researchers confirm that jaguars will gnaw at the roots and bark of the yage plant (Banisteriopsis caapi), a vine that contains hallucinogenic properties. (You might better know the plant as the ayahuasca). While native tribes use the plant for rituals, the jaguars eat it for a pastime and will exhibit kittenish behavior after doing so.

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