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Opium-eating wallabies

Posted by on 27 June 2009

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Opium-eating wallabies

SYDNEY (AFP) - - Wallabies are getting "as high as a kite" on opium in Australian poppy fields and flattening crops as they hop round in circles, according to a report.


The marsupials, which look like small kangaroos, have been getting into medical opium crops in the southern island state of Tasmania and chewing on the plant's intoxicating heads, state officials said.

"We have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles," state attorney-general Lara Giddings told a parliamentary estimates hearing.

"Then they crash. We see crop circles in the poppy industry from wallabies that are high," local media reported Ms Giddings as saying.

Tasmania is the world's largest producer of legally-grown opium for the pharmaceutical market, with about 500 farms supplying approximately 50 percent of the raw material for morphine and other opiate drugs.

Livestock and other animals, such as deer and sheep, which eat the plants had also been seen acting "weird," industry spokesman Rick Rockliff said.

"There have been many stories about sheep that have eaten some of the poppies after harvesting and they all walk around in circles," he said.

Lucky animals!!........

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Comments (3)

cosmicbomber wrote on 28 June, 2009

Very interesting blog... Maria and a pleasant deviation :) Can we change our base to Tasmania? lol

Ranger wrote on 28 June, 2009

Hey Maria, what is this ADVERTISEMENT about? :)

cosmicbomber wrote on 28 June, 2009

ranger, the advertisement is about opium and its after effect (after consumption), it gives better kick than riovida - lol

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