The bears who like to get high: Russian animals are so addicted to aviation fuel they sniff it until they pass out

Wildlife News


  • 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.

A bear lies back in the 'nirvana' position in the snow after sniffing aviation fuel



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