Australian wallabies are jumping fences into poppy farms to get high

Australian wallabies are jumping fences into poppy farms to get high


Tripped out wallabies are jumping into morphine poppy farms to get HIGH – then go on stoned rampages where they make bizarre crop circles, tour guide claims

  • Sid Hewison made two viral videos about Tasmania’s huge legal poppy farms
  • One video told the bizarre story of maggoted marsupials making crop circles
  • The anecdote appears to be true and originates with the Tasmanian Government 










An Australian tour guide claims wallabies and sheep are deliberately getting high by raiding opium poppies, then stomping bizarre crop circles and falling asleep in farmers’ fields.

Outdoor educator Sid Hewison claims the ‘crop circles’ in Tasmanian farmer’s poppy fields were sometimes caused by wild wallabies eating the bulbs.

The bulbs contain the thick, white opium gum used to make morphine and codeine, prompting the marsupials to jump around erratically.

‘Wallabies are more trippy than skippy. The crop circles we have here in Tasmania are very much real,’ he said.

Australian wallabies are jumping fences into poppy farms to get high

An Australian tour guide claims wallabies are getting high from raiding opium poppies then stomping crazy crop circles before falling asleep in farmers’ fields

‘Some of the local wallaby population get into these opiate-rich poppy fields, they have a bit of a chew on what is essentially pure codeine and morphine and jump around… leaving a nice little crop circle.

Mr Hewison said he found the rumours hard to believe until he dug deeper and observed the bizarre phenomenon.

‘Then they pass out apparently, then wake up later and go home,’ he said.

‘When I’m getting around Australia as go past interesting places like poppy fields I make a note to research them. I looked into it and couldn’t believe it at first.’

He said several sources backed up the stories, which originated with a comment by former Tasmanian premier Lara Giddings in 2009, while she was the state’s attorney general.

‘We have a problem with wallabies entering poppy fields, getting as high as a kite and going around in circles,’ Ms Giddings told a senate hearing.

Mr Hewison’s two TikTok videos on Tasmanian poppy farming claimed the local industry accounted ‘half of the world’s medicinal opioids’. 

Outdoor educator Sid Hewison, who runs Sid's Ventures, shared a viral video with his claims about the bizarre roo-tines occurring in Tasmania's poppy plantations on TikTok

Outdoor educator Sid Hewison, who runs Sid’s Ventures, shared a viral video with his claims about the bizarre roo-tines occurring in Tasmania’s poppy plantations on TikTok

Mr Hewison claimed maggoted marsupials ate the raw opiates then passed out after damaging farmers' crops

Mr Hewison claimed maggoted marsupials ate the raw opiates then passed out after damaging farmers’ crops 

Tasmanian company Extractas Bioscience said it had more than 40 years experience producing alkaloid raw material products for the global pharmaceutical industry.

‘Our world-class high capacity extraction and manufacturing site and agricultural innovation has positioned us as the largest producer of Thebaine and natural Codeine globally,’ it said.

Thebaine is used to produce oxycodone, oxymorphone, buprenorphine, and naloxone.

Mr Hewison also heard sheep were getting high from the poppies too – but farmers had more luck keeping them out of their fields.

They built sturdier fences to keep the sheep out – but the wallabies simply jumped over them.

Mr Hewison, 39, runs his own outdoor tour and education company, Sid’s Ventures and has spent the last 10 years touring Australia.

For crisis support around substance abuse issues you can speak to Lifeline on 131114, the Alcohol and Other Drugs Information Service on 1800 250 015 or the Family Drug Support helpline on 1300 368 186.

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Author: Shirley