The bears who like to get high: Russian animals are so addicted to aviation fuel they sniff it until they pass out
Thursday, May 16 2013 @ 12:20 AM EDT
Contributed by: stim
- Photographer Igor Shpilenok spent seven months observing the bears
- The brown bears live at the Kronotsky Nature Reserve in Russia's far east
By Helen Lawson
These brown bears are keen to play with discarded barrels - because they have developed a nose for aviation fuel.
The creatures sniff kerosene and gasoline from containers left in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve in the far east of Russia.
They take deep breaths for minutes at a time before digging a shallow hole and lying in a 'nirvana' position.