These particular Elephants had Heroin in their system.
Hold up. How exactly did these Elephants end up getting their trunks on heroin laced bananas in the first place?
The regions drug gangs use these mammoth creatures as powerful aids in heroin smuggling operations between the China and Myanmar border. In order to make the animals easier to train and obey orders, gangs resort to feeding them heroin laced bananas. The innocent Elephants quickly become addicted to the drug infused bananas, allowing the gang members to maintain control over by either supplying or withholding the animals next 'fix'.
According Chen Jiming, who has worked with the Elephants at the Wild Elephant Valley in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture and the Asian Elephant breeding centre in China's southwest province of Yunnan, their appetite for opiates for exceeds that of humans.
"The elephants need at least five times more that a human being would need at the start and then we slowly reduced that until they no longer needed it. But it is every bit as hard for the elephants to go through the cold turkey regime as it is for humans," said Jiming.
Even though this incident was the reserves first experience with opiate addicted Elephants, their decision to use the lifesaving drug known as Methadone has yielded some incredibly positive results.
"It has been a long battle but we can safely say that they are now reintegrated into elephant society and in some cases even have families of their own" said Jiming.