Odd things, daily.
A herd of around 50 elephants ransacked a shop in a small village in India. The elephants discovered and drank at least 18 large containers of a fermented rice-based drink that the villagers had been stockpiling in preparation for a festival. There was estimated to have been at least 500 litres of alcohol, which was consumed in a matter of minutes. Once drunk, the elephants became aggressive and began a chaotic search for more alcohol.
Local police officer Asish Samanat was called to the scene as the elephants began demolishing dozens of homes. “Unfortunately these animals live in close proximity to man and they recognised the smell of the drink,” he explained. “They were like any other drunk – aggressive and unreasonable, but much, much bigger.”
Order was eventually restored when villagers helped police herd the animals over a local river, back to their normal migration route. Officer Samanat said, “they’ll have one heck of a hangover.”
There are countless cases of elephants getting intoxicated in both India and Africa. It has long been said that elephants and other animals get drunk from the fermented fruit of the marula tree, as the hilarious video below will attest.