The mystery of crop circles is a global phenomenon. From scorching exotic desert sand circles to Midwestern cornfields flattened in elaborate patterns, strange crop circles can appear overnight from no apparent cause at all. Many believe that aliens or other-worldly visitors are responsible. For at least one part of the world, there is a surprising and simple explanation.
In Australian regions, crop circles occur when wallabies get stoned from eating opium poppies, then hop around as they get high and trip-out.
Opium is legally grown in areas of Tasmania, where poppy fields are grown to produce opium. The opium is used to manufacture opium for morphine and other medicinal painkillers.
The issue was apparently first uncovered back in 2009, when Tasmanian Attorney-General Lara Giddings spoke on the issue during a parliamentary hearing regarding poppy security.
“We see crop circles in the poppy industry from wallabies that are high,” she said at the time.
According to research, and information from poppy farmers, wallabies aren’t the only animals who get high from the plant. Things get trippy for deer, sheep and other animals as well.
One farmer told ABC news that animals come to eat poppies and stop when they’re full. Then “they’d come back again and they would do their circle work in thepaddock.”