Australian Crop Circles Created by “High” Wallabies

Interesting report from the BBC:

Australian wallabies are eating opium poppies and creating crop circles as they hop around “as high as a kite”, a government official has said.

Lara Giddings, the attorney general for the island state of Tasmania, said the kangaroo-like marsupials were getting into poppy fields grown for medicine.

She was reporting to a parliamentary hearing on security for poppy crops.

Australia supplies about 50% of the world’s legally-grown opium used to make morphine and other painkillers.

Lara Giddings, government official
“The one interesting bit that I found recently in one of my briefs on the poppy industry was that we have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles,” Lara Giddings told the hearing.

“Then they crash,” she added. “We see crop circles in the poppy industry from wallabies that are high.”

Rick Rockliff, a spokesman for poppy producer Tasmanian Alkaloids, said the wallaby incursions were not very common, but other animals had also been spotted in the poppy fields acting unusually.

“There have been many stories about sheep that have eaten some of the poppies after harvesting and they all walk around in circles,” he added.

Retired Tasmanian poppy farmer Lyndley Chopping also said he had seen strange behaviour from wallabies in his fields.

“They would just come and eat some poppies and they would go away,” he told ABC News.

“They’d come back again and they would do their circle work in the paddock.”

Some people believe the mysterious circles that appear in fields in a number of countries are created by aliens. Others put them down to a human hoax.

There are people that are confident that aliens are traveling light years across the universe in order to spend the evening trampling crops in elaborate patterns. How scary is that? These people vote.

I always thought that they (crop circles) were the work of pranksters or perhaps farmers that were complicit with the area’s need to relieve credulous tourists from that heavy burden of cash. Opium-fiend sheep and/or wallabies weren’t actually on my list.

I need to go outside and check the barn for illicit substances. I could use some relief for my foot.

6 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    kcduffy said,

    You don’t need crop circles, Swampie – you need either poppy-fed wallaby meat or POPPIES! Or morphine, if it’s easier.

    My great-aunt in Montana used to grow poppies of all kinds, beautiful things. She gave me a band-aid can full of seeds, but I’ve lost it sometime in the past 10 years. Imagine that! She died last winter, never got over the loss of her favorite son in a firefighting plane crash a couple years back.

    Might buy some seeds…

  2. 2

    Robert D said,

    Stupidest explanation I’ve heard yet 🙄

  3. 3

    Croc Hunter said,

    Takes all types.

  4. 4

    swampie said,

    If eating opium poppies confers a high, how come only the freakin’ sheep and wallabies are out in the field?

  5. 5

    Robert D said,

    And just how the hell do these animals become so creative?

  6. 6

    Robert D said,

    Oh, I forgot to add, drugs can’t make anything that creative. I still don’t know what or who does it, but it aint animals on drugs.


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