Brown bears in the Russia’s far east have been spotted sniffing discarded oil cans full of waste products of kerosene of and gasoline. The neglectfully treated waste has been left in the Kronotsky Nature Reserve where the nearby wildlife picked up on the strong smell. The Kronotsky Nature Reserve in South Kamchatka, is home to more than 700 brown bears, some of the largest in the world.
Wildlife Photographer Igor Shpilenok, investigated the occurrences and has produced several pictures of the bears deeply inhaling the fumes for minutes at a time before collapsing once they’ve reach an ecstasy.
Igor has stated that further evidence of addiction can be seen as the bears stalk helicopters, which leave drops of fuel for them to sniff in a desperate attempt to get a ‘fix’.
These findings give us some insight into to the nature of addiction and perhaps with further study can give us some new information on the presence of addiction in nature and in humankind.
A more pressing issue is of course the welfare of the actual bears of the Kronotsky and the surrounding wildlife which have evidently been exposed to these chemicals. The sanctuary covers 225,000 hectares of land and is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.
Perhaps source of the problem is that there should be more activists out there that share the same ideals as Igor.