Who knew that bears like to get high, too? Though we can’t vouch for the scientific veracity of this video, it sure is fun to watch, and we’re wondering where we can find mushrooms like that in the forest, too! Or maybe at the Union Square Greenmarket? It comes to us from Literal Bears I’m Jealous Of, and the link was supplied by Francis Lam. Thanks, Francis!
The pretty orange mushroom we see the bear eating is indeed a psychedelic ‘shroom known as Amanita muscaria, which grows in the temperate regions of North America, where it usually occurs among stands of pine trees. Note that the mushroom is technically poisonous, as many psychedelic substances are. It has been used by Siberians in religious rituals. Read the Wikipedia entry here.