Bears getting High – Russian Animals Addicted to Sniffing Gasoline
Photographer Igor Shpilenok, 52, spent seven months with the community of bears at the Kronotsky Nature Reserve in Russia, which is home to more than 700 brown bears.
The junkie bears, addicted to discarded barrels of aircraft fuel and Kerosene, and have gone to extreme lengths just to get a sniff of the fumes emanating from the barrels…stalked helicopters, waiting for take off and drops of fuel to leak onto the hard soil for them to hoover up.
In one case a helicopter brought a few barrels of gasoline. Workers of the nature reserve didn’t take them away in time and a female bear named Suzemka – who is apparently fascinated by the smell of fuel – used the opportunity… She seems to be one of the addicts.
On the one hand, this is horrifying, on the other, who doesn’t like to get a good buzz every now and then?