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Zoopharmacognosy (wikipedia.org)
32 points by lelf on Aug 7, 2014 | hide | past | favorite | 6 comments

The wikipedia has a section on birds but is missing this reference from 2012. City birds using the nicotine in cigarette butts to deter parasites.


the wikipedia doesn't seem to have that one:


"Footage from a new BBC documentary series, "Spy in the Pod," reveals what appears to be dolphins getting high off of pufferfish. Pufferfish produce a potent defensive chemical, which they eject when threatened. In small enough doses, however, the toxin seems to induce "a trance-like state" in dolphins that come into contact with it, the Daily News reports:

The dolphins were filmed gently playing with the puffer, passing it between each other for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, unlike the fish they had caught as prey which were swiftly torn apart. "

The article seems to be health focused, otherwise it could have mentioned Elephants burying fruit to get drunk when it ferments too.

Or kangaroos and wallabies playing in the opium fields

If a food-based approach to medicine was more profitable, our system of care might resemble something more "natural" as well...and who knows, maybe more effective. As Hippocrates said "Let thy food be thy medicine medicine be thy food"

If this did not exist, I'd renounce science and admit the existence of the comedy god.

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