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More and more wild animals are being found completely intoxicated, causing them to take reckless risks and endanger those who come across them. But how do they manage to “get drunk”?

Recently, a deer was seen completely drunk in the city center of Vernon, in the Eure. The animal was agitated, making random jumps and banging its head against the walls. After analysis, he was indeed intoxicated. This story is not an isolated case, many other drunken animals have been seen in France, and have been for years.

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A “drunk” deer ventured into a residential area in the Eure: disoriented, he had just eaten euphoric buds. A common phenomenon in #spring. #30millionfriends recommends motorists to exercise caution on the roads.

— 30 ​​Million Friends Foundation (@30millionsdamis) April 22, 2022

The phenomenon is indeed not new. When drunk, animals endanger themselves but also pose a danger to human beings. It is also recommended not to approach them when they are in this state. But how can animals be drunk? The answer: fermented alcohol.

Sugar-laden buds

In the spring, the trees bloom and with them the buds that deer and other wild animals love. These buds, once consumed, ferment in the belly of the animal and act similarly to alcohol.

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It must be said that the buds are particularly loaded with sugar and that a deer can swallow up to 2000 per day. The same phenomenon can occur in September-October, when the apples fall from the trees and the deer swallow them by the dozens.

Other animals such as elephants are sometimes victims of the phenomenon, the same goes for bees in some cases. So be careful in this season, an animal in a state of intoxication represents a danger to be taken seriously.