Friend-of-the-show Jevon sent in this investigation from Atlas Obscura. Do bears get drunk off rotting fruit?
They point out that in our media, there are many examples of bears appearing drunk.
“A 500-pound black bear reportedly drunk on fermented apples rampaged through Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, this week.” — Mashable
“Oh my lord.”
But can bears get drunk on fermented apples?
Sadly…despite the hilarious videos, Atlas Obscura says a bear can not get drunk off eating rotting fruit.
“One of the issues with fermented fruit is that it would take a lot to get a bear drunk. You know, people don’t get drunk from fermented apples either,” says Darrell Smith, a wildlife biologist at Western Wildlife Outreach, a scientific outreach program dedicated to educating the people of Washington and the northwest about large mammals, including several varieties of bear. Black bears can eat a lot, easily consuming 20 pounds of food in a sitting, but that’s still an extremely minimal amount of alcohol, and given the fact that a mature male black bear can weigh up to around 600 pounds—well, it’s just very unlikely to cause intoxication. “I’ve heard of that, but it’s very anecdotal, I think,” says Smith.
“Bears: just like us. In that they are technically unable to become drunk from eating fallen apples.”