Marsupial Madness Results in Tasmanian Crop Circles

By: Katie Cordrey - Published:   Updated: Jun 8 2011 • References:
The mystery of recent crop circles sighted in Tasmania has been solved: Wallabies have been eating poppy heads which make them high. The intoxicated marsupials hop around in circles before crashing.

Apparently, the phenomenon is not species-specific. Some farmers have reported that crop circles were also made by stoned sheep and deer.

Australia grows about half of the world's legal medicinal opium poppies. Farmers may have to put up fences to keep out the hungry marsupials!

Implications - The featured video shows you what these flowers and pods that the wallabies eat look like. The video calls then "Tasmanian flowers," and they are actually quite pretty. They are a purplish pink mixed with white.

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