In principle, the beloved Parrot is pretty fucking strange. Equipped with the ability to imitate sounds and say nasty things behind your back, they’re essentially the gossipy office workers of the animal kingdom.
Now, imagine that Karen from sales is not only the office’s biggest gossip but she’s fanging for her next hit of opium as well, and that level of shit-housery is pretty much what a bunch of wild parrots in India are causing.
Apparently, these crafty parrots have figured out the prime time to strike and retrieve their opium goods, which is just when farmers cut open the pods to help them ripen.
“One poppy flower gives around 20-25 grams of opium. But a large group of parrots feed on these plants around 30-40 times a day and some even fly away with poppy pods. This affects the produce,” said one poppy farmer.
“We are already suffering because of uneven rain, and now this. Nobody is listening to our problems. Who will compensate for our losses?” he asked.
Farmers reckon that they’ve got to be on alert at all times to deal with the sky-diving scavengers who are ruining their crops.
After the parrots have delved into the crop, they were reportedly seen crashing into branches or trees, while others were spotted lying dazed in a field.
So, pretty much your normal opium experience.
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