Meet Balkiz, the Turkish bear who got high on hallucinogenic honey

On August 11, a grizzly bear cub lay on the weedy ground of a national park in Duzce, Turkeydrugged with honey hallucinogenicreported Reuters.

The bear sat in strange positions, partially slumped over and disoriented, photos shared online showed. Twitter by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Turkey.

Bear drugged with hallucinogenic honey is captured in Turkey

Turkey rangers put the bear in the back of their truck where it staggered, looking confused, and sat up, dazed and spread-eagled, ministry video showed. The bear was “exhausted” after consuming the large dose of honey, the ministry said.

Hallucinogenic honey or “crazy honey”known as “deli bal” in Turkish, it is a type of honey that comes from specific species of rhododendron flowers, according to ZME Science.

As we have mentioned in AmericanPost.Newsthe nectar of these flowers has grayanotoxin, a neurotoxin that acts like a drug when consumed.

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What effects does ‘crazy honey’ have on bears?

What effects does ‘crazy honey’ have on bears?

In small amounts, “crazy honey” causes hallucinations and a high buzz, the outlet reported. In overdose amounts, honey causes vomiting, diarrhea, loss of consciousness and other illnesses, ZME Science reported.

Beekeepers in Tukey’s Kaçkar Mountains produce “crazy honey” in small quantities, The Guardian reported. The outlet reported that hospitals in Turkey see dozens of cases of “crazy honey poisoning” every year.

In the case of the brown bear cub, park rangers took it to the vet where it received treatment, the ministry said. They also called it “Balkiz”. He is in good health and will be released as soon as possible, the ministry tweeted. Düzce is about 130 miles east of Istanbul.

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