Baby elephants get "drunk" on fruit

Published Friday, Apr 25 2014, 20:00 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
We all know what we get like after one too many glasses of wine, but we were quite surprised to see a group of elephants appear to be drunk.

The herd of young calves were captured stumbling around Singita Kruger National Park in South Africa, acting like they'd just had a boozy night out.

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© Ross Couper and Singita

But instead of downing too many glasses of wine, the elephants had been nibbling marula fruit. According to African myth this sweet fruit can have an intoxicating effect on large mammals when they eat large amounts.

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© Ross Couper and Singita

Field guide Ross Couper took the snaps after spotting a herd walking through the bush - one of the older members of the group had knocked down the fruit for their young to feast on.

But as they had already snacked on marula throughout their journey, it wasn't long before the youngsters started to behave as if they'd been knocking back the beers.

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© Ross Couper and Singita

Scientists are unsure what causes the strange behaviour but don't worry, these cuties were all completely fine after their fruity experience.

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