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Elephants get ‘drunk’ on fruit

An elephant grazes at Amboseli National Park, approximately 220km southeast of Nairobi, Kenya on Oct. 7 last year.

Photo: AFP

We all know what we get like after one too many glasses of wine, but we were quite surprised to see a group of elephants appear to be drunk.

The herd of young calves were captured stumbling around Singita Kruger National Park in South Africa, acting like they had just had a boozy night out.

Instead of downing too many glasses of wine, however, the elephants had been nibbling marula fruit.

Ross Couper, a field guide at Singita Kruger National Park, witnessed the animals move through the bush, feeding on the fruit strewn across the ground — the older and wiser elephants teaching the young what to eat.

One of the adult cow elephants forcefully knocked the fruit down from a tree, shaking it back and forth for the young to feed on.

As they had already snacked on marula throughout their journey, it was not long before the youngsters started to behave as if they had been knocking back the beers.

According to African myth this sweet fruit can have an intoxicating effect on large mammals when they eat large amount.

(Liberty Times)










1. one too many phr.

過量 (guo4 liang4)

例: Joe has had one too many.


2. drunk adj.

喝醉的;醉心的 (he1 zui4 de5; zui4 xin1 de5)

例: Many politicians are drunk with power.


3. knock back v. phr.

喝光 (he1 guang1)

例: Steve knocked back four shots of vodka in five minutes.


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