Polly Wants Crack!

Miranda Aldersley, writing for Daily Mail:

Flocks of parrots believed to be addicted to opium have been ravaging crops on Indian farms in order to feed their bizarre habit.  

Footage recorded in central India’s Madhya Pradesh state shows the birds indulging in the unusual activity of tearing apart poppy seed pods to get to the opium inside - much to the chagrin of the local farmers. 

This is a wild story, but the clickbait headline is simply asinine. I hope for the love of God Almighty that at least one person at the Daily Mail actually knows the difference between crack cocaine and opium, but I know I shouldn’t hold my breath.