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  1. Standard member wolfgang59
    Infidel
    22 Aug '10 18:58
    I've always believed the stories of elephants sniffing out fermenting fruit and travelling miles for a 'good night out'. I'm devastated to be told that this is a myth. Or is it?

    FOR
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGFpvogfGp4
    AGAINST
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/12/1219_051219_drunk_elephant.html
  2. 22 Aug '10 19:03
    I don't know about elephants but moose do get drunk on fallen and fermented fruit (usually apples), and a couple of years ago there was a moose vigorously defending his tree.
  3. 23 Aug '10 05:08
    an oldish book about wild plants in California said that highway 101 somewhere between San Francisco and San Jose used to be lined with pyracanthus trees, but birds would gorge themselves on the fermented fruit (small, bright orange-red berries), get drunk, and cause accidents on the highway, so the bushes were removed.
  4. 23 Aug '10 05:10
    wow! i picked mine up for $5 or so!

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    Thistle Greens and Mistletoe: Edible and Poisonous Plants of Northern California [Paperback]

    James Wiltens

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  5. Standard member mikelom
    Ajarn
    28 Aug '10 06:25
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
    I've always believed the stories of elephants sniffing out fermenting fruit and travelling miles for a 'good night out'. I'm devastated to be told that this is a myth. Or is it?

    FOR
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGFpvogfGp4
    AGAINST
    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/12/1219_051219_drunk_elephant.html
    It's actually true. I have a National Geographic DVD about this particular happening, and it clearly shows elephants, monkeys and other various animals drunk as skunks and falling about everywhere, some even virtually unable to get up without falling over again. Don't be disappointed.