Thursday, November 15, 2007

Save the drunk elephants - fact or fiction?

Paris was quoted:
"The elephants get drunk all the time. It is becoming really dangerous.
We need to stop making alcohol available to them."
"There would have been more casualties if the villagers hadn't chased them
away. And four elephants died in a similar way three years ago.
It is just so sad."

Quotes from AP/Yahoo describing Paris Hilton's new found cause.

If you click the link, all you will find is a "Sorry. this page not available...."
because a retraction was printed immediately, and the story pulled/killed.
I chuckled when I heard the rumor and HAD to look it up. All I found
were articles about the false story -
and THIS story from a 1962 experiment;

It was recorded, in 1962, that scientists injected LSD into an elephant
to "...see what effects it had on him". He was given 3,000 times
(not a misprint) the dose a human can withstand. I think these
people have tried too many of their own experiments.
Imagine what the Beattles thought of this great waste of
chemicals. We don't really know who the "Walrus" was, do we?
Anyway, if you don't care to link the story (craziest experiments),
the elephant made a bunch of noise, knelt down, and died within an hour.

“It appears that the elephant is highly sensitive to the effects of LSD,” the researchers sheepishly concluded.

The Paris story could have been funnier, though.

7 opinionated prattle:

Stan said...

Elephants hooked on booze, Elephants over dosing on drugs, why isn't anyone checking their ID's and why isn't the idiot that overdosed the elephne being charged for distribution of a controlled substance. First it is introduced into the the human society, now we are trying to get our animals hooked on the same thing. I do not want to see a Brown Bear with a hangover!

real eyez said...

Maybe that should have been one of our stipulations in where Maggie was placed NO DRUGS OR ALCOHOL!
Feel bad for that elephant! I mean could you imagine one minute feeling fine then the next BAM!!!! Pink Elephants on Parade!

JD Plumma said...

..A brown bear with a hangover might even be a shade more polite than a bear on lsd! Where did that group of scientists get 3,000 times a "human" dose of lsd, anyway? Isn't that s@#t illegal anyhow.
Did you read up on craziest experiments? One scientist tried reviving the dead by "pumping" them (corpses) on a see-saw. Ended up getting run off.

JD Plumma said...

...don't you suppose it would be pink PEOPLE on parade? I think scientists didn't need a good reason to experiment like that - with anything - in the early sixties but, yeah, poor elephant.

Shana said...

Well he went out on the trip of his life right?

Shana said...

Look at that elephant...the poor thing is emancipated...maybe death was far better that the treatment it was receiving....

JD Plumma said...

Re you sure emancipated is the right word?
http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/emancipated

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