WATCH: Turkish bear cub rescued after getting high on hallucinogenic ‘mad’ honey

Turkish bear cub rescued after getting high on mad honey. Image: Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry/Twitter

A disoriented brown bear cub, believed to have been intoxicated after eating an excessive amount of mad honey, has been rescued in northwestern Turkey’s Duzce province.

Mad honey is produced by bees from a certain type of rhododendron and can have hallucinogenic effects.

The Turkish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry gave an update on the bear on Thursday, August 11, in a post that read: “Our baby brown bear, who is exhausted in Duzce, is in good health, and our teams continue their treatment.”

The Turkish Ministry has given the bear the name of “Balkız” which is a compound word consisting of the words ‘honey’ and ‘girl’.

The Ministry added: “Let’s give a name to our cute “daughter” who ate the dose of honey, let her live by her name.”

The video posted by the Turkish Ministry shows the bear wobbling around as she sat belly-up in the back of a pick-up truck after people rescued the visibly-debilitated animal from the forest.

The bear is still with the vet where she was receiving treatment and is likely to be released into the wild in the coming days.

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Anna Ellis

Originally from the UK, Anna is based on the Costa Blanca and is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news. Got a news story you want to share? Then get in touch at [email protected]


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