Drug-Addled Parrots Raiding India's Opium Fields
The wild raiders apparently wait until the morphine-rich latex is exposed when the farmers in India slit the poppy pods to help them ripen. The feathered addicts then silently swoop into the opium fields - having learned not to squawk - and frantically nibble off the stalks below the pod. Video shows them retreating to high branches where they gorge on the plants leaving them sleeping for hours - and even falling to their death. This phenomenon was first reported in 2015, but this year it has spread across to other regions for the first time.