Top 12 drunken animal stories

Giddy gorilla


Last February, a 550 pound silverback gorilla called Jock tried to pick a fight with an unsuspecting photographer after getting drunk on fermented bamboo stems.

Christophe Courteau, a wildlife photographer, was in Rwanda’s Virunga Mountains capturing images of his group when the gorilla unexpectedly charged at him, as reported by The Telegraph.

The 46-year-old said that after hitting him “like a rugby player”, the gorilla pushed past him and ran through the forest to chase away another male who was trying to attract the attention of a female in his group.

Courteau believes the incident was fuelled by the alpha male’s consumption of fermented bamboo stems, which can cause gorillas to become “extremely drunk and excitable”, according to Cousteau.

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